WHAT IS A LANDSLID?

Definition
A landslide is a type of "mass wasting." Mass wasting is down slope movement of soil and/or rock under the influence of gravity. A landslide is a movement of mass rock, debris, or earth down a slope. The failure of the slope happens when gravity exceeds the strength of the earth materials. to learn about the different types of landslides right away, or stick around to learn about the different parts of a landslide (USGS).

Anatomy of a Landslide
Scarp - a scar of exposed soil on the landslide Crown - stable top soil at the head of the landslide. Sometimes the crown will fall and form a new scarp. Slip Plane - failure surface of a landslide Toe - material pushed out at the base of the landslide beyond the slip plane, supports the landslide. Rubble - debris from the landslide Bedrock - solid rock beneath the soil. The most common bedrock for a landslide to occur on is shale. Head - used to be part of the original ground surface Soil - loose upper layer of earth, clay soil often leads to landslides. (Anatomy of a Landslide)

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