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Geog 101 Week 7 Notes

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Geog 101 Week 7 Notes Geog 101

Hallie Notetaker
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Mass Wasting
Introductory Physical Geography
Phillip Larson
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hallie Notetaker on Friday October 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Geog 101 at Minnesota State University - Mankato taught by Phillip Larson in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 10 views. For similar materials see Introductory Physical Geography in Geography at Minnesota State University - Mankato.

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Date Created: 10/07/16
Mass Wasting What is Mass Wasting?  The downslope movement of slope material  Gravity is key to mass wasting  Landslides are mass wasting  Solid rock must first weather o Then the weathered rock must detach  Undercutting makes slopes unstable, too steep for equilibrium angle o Can be caused by rivers, earlier mass wasting events, human activity, construction Colluvium  The angular pieces of rock that are moved by mass wasting o Contrasting with alluvium or water moved rock Processes that Influence People  Creep – in the wetting or freezing soil zone o Happens very slowly – mm/yr to cm/yr  Rock fall – produces talus, often Talus Cones at angle of repose  Topple – top falls, but bottom stays  Rotational slump  Translational slide (block glide) – snow avalanches often start as translational slides that then flow o Often occur in same places –Avalanche chutes o Three strategies:  Avoid  Engineer  Ignore  Rock slide  Flows – mudflow (few rocks); debris flow (more rocks mixed with mud); earth flow (slower and thicker)


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