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Mud cracks

Mudcracks in sludge, the remains of a sewage treatment plant in Kos, Greece. Mudcracks naturally form when wet, muddy sediment desiccates, causing contraction through a decrease in tensile strength. Individual cracks join up, forming a polygonal, interconnected network. These cracks may later be filled with new sediment, forming casts on the base of the overlying bed.

Photo: Hannes Grobe

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