Slope Instability of Continental Margins

  • J. MienertEmail author
  • C. Berndt
  • J. S. Laberg
  • T. O. Vorren


Giant submarine landslides occur on almost every contintental margin. Individual slides involve up to 20,000 km3 of slope material and cover an area of up to 113,000 km2. Their wide spread distribution and their large dimensions make them important geological features, particularly as many of them are located within hydrocarbon exploration areas. The factors that are controlling slope stability are still poorly understood in spite of significant research efforts, and there are only few landslides for which the trigger is known with certainty. It appears that ground motion due to earthquakes, rapid sedimentation, and slope destabilization by gas hydrates are among the most important factors, whereas slope angles seem to be less important.


Debris Flow Continental Margin Continental Slope Slope Failure Slope Instability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Mienert
    • 1
    Email author
  • C. Berndt
    • 1
  • J. S. Laberg
    • 1
  • T. O. Vorren
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway

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