Artwork of an undersea landslide due to earthquake

Artwork of an undersea landslide due to earthquake

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Credit: LYNETTE COOK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Underwater landslide. Artwork of a huge undersea landslide off the coast of a volcanic island. These islands are formed from desposits of lava and ash produced by the volcano. Earthquakes associated with the volcano can unsettle these deposits, causing large sections of the island to slip into the sea. Virtually all shield volcanoes in the ocean show evidence of having suffered from such landslides. Their geological history consists of alternating periods of growth due to eruptions, and shrinkage due to landslides. The landslides in the volcanic Hawaiian islands were so large that they carpeted the seabed up to a distance of 240 kilometres from the shore.

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Keywords: earthquake, landslide, undersea landslide, underwater, underwater landslide, volcanic island

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