Story: Landslides

Landslide types

Landslides can be divided into different types depending largely on the manner (and speed) in which material moves down a slope (slide, fall, slip, topple, flow, creep or avalanche). Such classifications are useful, although some landslides represent different combinations. Rock falls, topples and debris avalanches are more common in mountainous harder rock country. Earth flows and creeps are more common in hill country, especially in soft sedimentary rock.

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Michael J. Crozier, 'Landslides - Gravity always wins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/8782/landslide-types (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Michael J. Crozier, published 12 Jun 2006