fracture

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The tectonic stress measured by hydraulic fracturing method in borehole is introduced into the calculation of critical pore-pressure for frictional shear slip of fractures according to Coulomb's law.
The women's calcium intake did not seem to be associated with their risk of fracturing a hip, even when they used as much as 1500 milligrams of calcium daily.
As a result, the facial structures can undergo significant distortion without fracturing.