Summary

The voids ratio, compressibility, and strength characteristics of intact chalk samples collected from exposures encountered along several traverses across the outcrop of the Chalk in South-east England are described. The results are shown to be related to the age of the Chalk from which the samples were collected, with the younger Upper Chalk samples having lower density and strength characteristics than samples collected from the older Lower Chalk. These relationships are shown to be uniform for the majority of the Chalk outcrop in South-east England, with the Norfolk area showing a marked disparity with the remainder of the outcrop.

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