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Landslides

Landslides are when rock material, soil, or any artificial filling in a land mass, is
located on a slope and starts to tumble down the slope. This is caused by many factors,
of course not all having to have been present in order for a landslide to occur. Erosion,
earthquakes and even volcanoes can start a landslide. Landslides can also occur due to
human construction in an area. Landslides occur all across the United States, but some
specific areas have more frequent occurrences than others. States like Washington,
California, Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska are prone to landslides more so than other
states. Of course mountain ranges are prone to landslides as well.
There are many types of material that are involved in landslides. There are
mudslides, block slides, debris slides, and earth slides. On top of that, there are
different types of landslides that occur. These are the different types of movement the
landslides have. Landslides, landfalls, land-topples, land-flows, and lateral spreads are
all different movements of landslides. Landfalls are basically material toppling down a
hill or slope until it stops. Flows are material sliding down a slope until it piles up. There
are also earthflows and creeps. We have more interest in a block slide.
Block Slides are translational movements of basically a single rock. This however
can be a giant rock, or it could even be multiple rocks. So if you have the Grand Canyon
and a block slide occurs there, it could be as big as it wants to be. Imagine block slides
as if you have a big rock, and you just want to cut through the rock and slide it, thats
what its potential is.
Here is a list of all the things we need to know about block slides.

Block slides are typically just one piece of rock falling off or sliding off of a
surface.

Block slides are done in translational movements. This means that they do not
rotate or tumble down a hill.

Block slides are usually result of that material being weaker than the underlying
material. This means that it cant hold on to its surface and starts to slide.

Block slides can be as big as they want. If its a whole figure and its a flat
surface on the bottom, then it can slide. The material under it also has to be
weak, whether that is a cause of erosion, human interaction, or anything natural.

Human interaction that can cause block slides to occur would be us removing
land around the block, or loosening the area around the block.

Block slides are visually like if you took a knife and slit an orange diagonally, or
whatever you want, and watching it slide down a surface.

Block slides would mainly occur in the mountainous areas of California, Oregon,
and Washington in the United States.

Block slides are basically rock slides, but a big piece of a rock or land. Block
slides can also result from Earthquakes or Volcanic activity. Hawaii may have
troubles with these if a volcanic eruption occurs or a high magnitude earth quake
occurs.

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