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Granular physics

A bridge to sandpile stability

Wet sand is more stable than dry sand, but exactly how this greater stability arises has been the subject of considerable discussion. Conflicting ideas are now unified by a hybrid theory that considers both surface and bulk properties of a sandpile.

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Schiffer, P. A bridge to sandpile stability. Nature Phys 1, 21–22 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys129

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