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  1. Vol. 39 No. 4, p. 707-709
    Received: May 13, 1974
    Accepted: Feb 24, 1975

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Measuring Soil Creep1

  1. Frederick R. Troeh2



Soil creep occurs so slowly that it is usually overlooked. Nevertheless, its persistence makes it significant to sciences that deal with soils or landscapes. Creeping soil can move landmarks and cause structures to tilt or collapse. But, the rate of movement by soil creep under various conditions is largely unknown. This paper describes a sensor that measures soil creep. The sensor is a sheet metal structure buried in a deep auger hole. Movement detectors mounted at four depths on the sensor are coupled to indicators at the soil surface to show how much movement has occurred. Readings from such sensors identify the location, depth, and rate of soil creep.

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