earthflow


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earthflow:

see landslidelandslide,
rapid slipping of a mass of earth or rock from a higher elevation to a lower level under the influence of gravity and water lubrication. More specifically, rockslides are the rapid downhill movement of large masses of rock with little or no hydraulic flow, similar to
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earthflow

[′ərth‚flō]
(geology)
A variety of mass movement involving the downslope slippage of soil and weathered rock in a series of subparallel sheets.
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Pins on the northeast slump, not including pins located on the major earthflow, moved an average of 15 cm during the study period, whereas points on the southwest slump moved an average of 11 cm.
Earthflows, also common on this landscape, move downslope on the surface with a high amount of mixing.
As in other areas of Atlantic Canada, rockfalls, earthflows and small debris flows are common along highway cuts and steep river valleys.