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The slaking of the clay occurs when clayey soil is dried ________

(a) below the shrinkage limit

(b) above the shrinkage limit

(c) below the plastic limit

(d) above the plastic limit

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The query is from Slaking of Clay and Bulking of Sand in portion Soil Water Effective and Neutral Stresses of Geotechnical Engineering I

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Correct option is (a) below the shrinkage limit

For explanation: When the clayey soil is dried below its shrinkage limit, it will attain its minimum volume. When this is suddenly immersed in water it causes slaking.

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