dilatancy theory

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Emphasizes the role played by variations of stress in till found at the base of moving ice masses. A local reduction in stress causes the till to settle and become more compact. See Crozier (1975) Canad. Geogr. 19. Dilatancy theory has also been used in earthquake prediction—see F. Naeim (2001). Dilatation is pressure release.

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