roads : LUSENET : Introductory Geology, Oswego State : One Thread

Are the cracks that you see in the roads cause by a lower release of energy like what causes earthquakes?

-- tina southwell (, May 04, 2001


No, the cracks in the roads are caused by physical weathering. When it rains or snows the water seeps into the road and when it freezes the water expands and the pressure the water exerts from freezing causes the road to crack and split apart.

-- Bethany Moran (, May 04, 2001.

The cracks are called frost heaves you often see warning signs on the highways.

-- Ben Flaiz (, May 04, 2001.

I think that the cracks in the road acure because the roads have alot of tar in them and in the winter the road freezes which makes it more brittle and then 10,000 pound snowplows run over them.

-- james clark (, May 04, 2001.

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