Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 59, Issue 7, pp 1569–1578

Morphology and environmental impact of the Colţi–Aluniş landslide (Curvature Carpathians), Romania

  • Mihaela Constantin
  • Aurelian C. Trandafir
  • Marta C. Jurchescu
  • Daniel Ciupitu
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Abstract

The May–August 2005 heavy rainstorm events in Romania triggered a large number of geomorphic hazards of great magnitude, consisting of primarily floods and landslides. Some of the most affected regions were the Curvature Carpathians and Subcarpathians. This paper addresses the effects of rainfall on slopes, especially in the middle sector of the Sibiciu basin (the Buzău Carpathians) outlining the significant landslide damage along the road connecting the Colţi and Aluniş villages. The landslides are analyzed in terms of geologic, geomorphic and engineering geologic features, focusing on the Colţi–Aluniş landslide which had the greatest impact on the road displacement. The related environmental and social impacts are also discussed.

Keywords

Curvature Carpathians Sibiciu basin Landslide morphology Subsurface stratigraphy Engineering geologic analysis Environmental impact 

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© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihaela Constantin
    • 1
  • Aurelian C. Trandafir
    • 2
  • Marta C. Jurchescu
    • 1
  • Daniel Ciupitu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeographyRomanian AcademyBucharest 20Romania
  2. 2.Department of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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