By: Taylor Emerson
Q: What is a Landslide?
That's a landslide.
A layer of rock or soil (the 'rug') is removed by ground water in a flood, earthquake or some other cause, leaving the top layer momentarily and precariously balanced. Then the slightest thing can cause the top layers to crumble and fall away.
Q: Where do landslides occur?
Mountainous regions with steep slopes or drop-off cliffs-particularly those through which rivers or creeks rush or where ocean waves pound the sides-suffer a higher risk of a landfall occurring than inland areas where moving water is not present. Rapid snowmelt also can contribute to the start of a landslide as the massive amounts of water running down the side of a mountain pass can dislodge rocks and debris or loosen soil that has already been weakened or fractured by other geological events. There is a map below to show where extreme, minor, and major landslides happen.
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