Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth

Creep

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_135

The slow mass movement of soil downhill under the influence of gravity. Occurs when shearing stresses in the material of a slope exceed shearing resistance. Amplified by the movements of grazing animals or by such processes as freeze‐thaw.

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