Landslide classification; Landslide description; Landslide names
Landslides, movements of masses of rock, earth, or debris down slopes, have observable characteristics (activity, rate of movement, moisture content, material, type of movement). Landslides with similar characteristics belong to the same landslide type.
What can you usefully observe about a landslide? How can these observations be succinctly and unambiguously described? These are questions which have found answers in classifications of landslides. The International Union of Geological Sciences Working Group on Landslides has developed an international consensus on landslide classification which has been summarized in the Multilingual Landslide Glossary (WP/WLI, 1993b). This classification, the Working Classification, has been used in the latest edition of the Transportation Research Board’s Special Report (Turner and Schuster, 1996) to update Varnes’ (1978) widely used classification....
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