The usual approach to calculation of the ultimate bearing
capacity of plastic silt is to assume no porewater drainage occurs
during the loading period. The coefficient of permeability of plastic
silt is generally significantly larger than clay; therefore, partial
drainage of porewater may occur during the loading period. This
The United States has enormous deposits of oil shale which, if developed, could provide energy resources for centuries. Because of the vast size of these deposits, they are currently receiving a great deal of attention. This issue of The ORE BIN is devoted to a discussion of oil shale --...