Amplification of the Destructive Effects of Rock Falls by Sliding on Volcanic Soils: Examples from the Anaga Massif (Tenerife Island, Spain)

  • Jorge Yepes TemiñoEmail author
  • Martín Jesús Rodríguez-Peces
  • Sara Marchesini
  • Sergio Leyva
  • José Luis Díaz-Hernández


This paper provides geomorphological and geotechnical observations on the amplification of the destructive behaviour of rock falls on rocky slopes in the Anaga massif (Tenerife Island, Spain) covered with soils rich in organic matter, within a high rainfall regime. The soil organic matter would be the determinant factor of this process, because it would reduce the soil strength as a result of overcoming the liquid limit during heavy rains. Thus the soil could develop a semi-fluid consistency, triggering a more efficient sliding of the blocks of rock along the slope and, hence, amplifying the destructive effect of the rock falls. Other potential determinant factor would be that the soil fine fraction could undergo a sudden change in its microfabric related to the dynamic load caused by the rock fall, similar to the mechanism described to explain the landslides developed in clayey soils.


Canary Islands Clay Humus Rock fall Tenerife Volcanic soil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Yepes Temiño
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martín Jesús Rodríguez-Peces
    • 2
  • Sara Marchesini
    • 3
    • 4
  • Sergio Leyva
    • 5
  • José Luis Díaz-Hernández
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaLas PalmasSpain
  2. 2.Department of GeodynamicsUniversity Complutense of Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/nMadridSpain
  3. 3.Laboratory of Concretes, Soils and AsphaltsUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaLas PalmasSpain
  4. 4.Department of Civil EngineeringPolytechnic University of MarcheAnconaItaly
  5. 5.Technical Road Maintenance and Exploitation ServiceLocal Government of TenerifeSanta Cruz de TenerifeSpain
  6. 6.Research and Training Institute for Agriculture and Fishery (IFAPA)Junta de AndalucíaGranadaSpain

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