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Does cutting slope cause slope deformation or slope failure?

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Slope cutting causes stress relief in slopes which may cause slope movement. For instance, for weathered rocks the horizontal stresses would be relatively low when compared with normally consolidated soils.

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Consequently, a major cut on the slope formed by weather rock may result in the development of tensile stresses in the slope, leading to slope movement.

This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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