frost action

frost action

[′frȯst ‚ak·shən]
(geology)
The weathering process caused by cycles of freezing and thawing of water in surface pores, cracks, and other openings.
Alternate or repeated cycles of freezing and thawing of water contained in materials; the term is especially applied to disruptive effects of this action.

frost action

The freezing and thawing of moisture in materials and the resultant effects on these materials and on structures of which they are a part or with which they are in contact.
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The stone bearing the inscription continued to deteriorate and through frost action exfoliated and was lost.
He recognized the unique influences that permafrost and seasonal frost action exert on soil properties, which include the burial of surface organic matter into the uppermost permafrost.
The approach is to work from best available science to produce a practical engineering approach to assessment, in user-friendly terms, covering corrosion, frost action, ASR and other expansive actions.
By turning over the soil, buried bugs in cocoon, larva case, or in their egg stage are exposed to being fed upon by birds and mice, as well as frost action.
Under natural processes, both species exploit gaps in the vegetation produced by small-scale disturbances, such as frost action and wind erosion, to survive (Hermanutz et al.
Each spring, new ones would appear as a result of frost action.
Each anchoring method requires that the posts of the amenity resist frost action.
This lower stonework will again be vulnerable to frost action, as well as being stained by the dirty water run-off.
Weathering phenomena may be physical; through frost action or thermal expansion, chemical; through dissolution, hydrolysis, oxidation, or biological; through acid secretions from lichen growth.
Frost action had caused the concrete floors in the plant's ice-storage rooms to heave upward, and they needed to be repaired.
Wood's buffering ability, along with it's natural resiliency, resists the frost action that can eventually shatter harder materials like concrete and stone.
Frost action and alternate swelling and shrinking of soils between wet and dry periods act to heave, break, and loosen surface layers of soil.