Landslide types

Landslide types

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Credit: GARY HINCKS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Landslides. Artwork showing different types of mass movement, the downslope movement of rock and soil under the influence of gravity. From left: soil creep, a gradual movement, causing its distinctive effects of leaning poles, curved tree-trunks and broken walls; slumping, where material slides down a curved surface, producing scarps (small crescent-shaped cliffs); a lahar or mudflow, a fast movement often triggered by earthquakes or volcanic activity; debris slide, shown here as triggered by deforestation which has increased surface erosion; and rock movements (rock fall, rockslide and avalanche), the fastest type of mass movement.

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Keywords: artwork, avalanche, debris flow, diagram, earth science, erosion, geographical, geography, geological, geology, gradual, illustration, lahar, landslides, mass movement, mudflow, rock fall, slide, slopes, slumping, soil creep, wasting

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