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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Controls on landslide volume

Hot on the heels of our visit to the Coldside and Mam Tor landslides comes the publication in Nature Geoscience of a study by Larsen, Montgomery and Korup on the impact of different hillslope materials on the volume-area scaling relationship for landslides. Although Larsen et al. arrive at different scaling relationships for deep bedrock and shallow soil landslides, in either case the erosion rate can match the most rapid rates of tectonic uplift. No English landslides in the dataset, but other than that it's an impressively comprehensive and thought-provoking compilation.