NING LU and WILLIAM J. LIKOS. John Wiley and Sons Inc, Hoboken, New Jersey. 2004. Hardcover, 556 pp. $130. ISBN 0-471-44731-5.

Unsaturated soil mechanics is a relatively new discipline developed during the past 40 years from classical soil mechanics, which deals with stress, strength, and deformation of water-saturated soils to solve foundation and stability related civil engineering problems. Originating in the field of civil engineering, unsaturated soil mechanics has strong ties to soil physics and hydrology. This is reflected in the extension of models for deformation behavior for saturated soils to partially saturated soils using basic concepts of water flow...

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