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A degraded and eroded spot in the road caused by the combination of standing water and the friction of passing vehicles. Potholes develop in areas where the engineering of the road bed is faulty and permits water to accumulate on the surface or to seep into and collect under the road surface, softening the road and making it susceptible to damage from passing vehicles.

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"Pot hole, April 16, 2014" by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY.

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