Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 211–217 | Cite as

Geomechanics of hazardous landslides

  • Poisel RainerEmail author
  • Bednarik Martin
  • Holzer Rudolf
  • Liščák Pavel


A catalogue of possible landslide initial failure mechanisms, taking into account the geological setting and the geometry of the slope, the joint structure, the habitus of the rock blocks, as well as the mechanical behaviour of the rocks and of the rock mass (deformation and strength parameters), is presented. Its aim is to give geologists as well as engineers the opportunity to compare phenomena in the field and phenomena belonging to particular mechanisms and to find the mechanism occurring. The presented catalogue of initial landslide mechanisms only comprises the mechanisms having a clearly defined mechanical model that can be divided into empirical relations and into mechanical models, as well as an overview of run out models, which can be divided into empirical relations and into mechanical models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Poisel Rainer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bednarik Martin
    • 2
  • Holzer Rudolf
    • 2
  • Liščák Pavel
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Engineering GeologyVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Dept. of Engineering Geology, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

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