- Breaking apart or state of being broken apart.
Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982.
Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
- Deformation characterized by loss of cohesion. Frequently flow grades into
rupture, with a progressive loss of cohesion, until complete separation
occurs. See also: fracture
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