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Mudrocks comprise fine-grained, sediments, in which the modal grain size is <0.063 mm and clay minerals are often major constituents. In geotechnics the term defines a generic group of argillaceous lithologies ranging from stiff clay-soils to strong, partly metamorphosed rocks. In the UK outcrops occur extensively and they also lie concealed beneath later deposits. In engineering applications mudrocks can present challenging forms of behaviour, including rapid deterioration and structural breakdown during sampling and preparation for tests. Attempts to measure their geotechnical properties are often frustrated and misleading results appear in the literature. A review of the engineering properties of...

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