December 30, 2017
Swelling or expansive soils
Colorado has many areas susceptible to the problems that swelling soils cause. This video gives some…
Swelling soil is a clay soil that expands and contracts with changes in water content. Soils that contain smectite clay minerals are the most prone to swelling and shrinking. One type of swelling soil is montmorillonite. The extreme volume changes associated with swelling soils pose as a major challenge for civil and geological engineers. Most of Colorado is underlain by swelling soils.