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Swelling soils (Rbespmv)

Definition
Soils or soft bedrock which increase in volume as they get wet and shrink as they dry out. Also commonly known as bentonite, expansive, or montmorillinitic soils. (Source: http://landslides.usgs.gov/learning/glossary.php#s)
Use For
Expansive soils
Broader Term
Soils by moisture content or potential (Rbespm)
Related Terms (Hierarchical)
Air dried soil (Rbespmb)
Mud (Rbespmm)
Saturated soils (Rbespms)
Sludge (Deposit) (Rbespmt)
Unsaturated soils (Rbespmy)
Vertisols (Rbespmz)
Related Terms (Associative)
Expansive clays (Rbesgce)