Big Sur Coastal Landslides

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Information about USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center studies on coastal landslides in the Big Sur area

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The Mud Creek landslide on California’s Big Sur coast

On May 20, 2017, the steep slopes at Mud Creek on California’s Big Sur coast, about 140 miles south of San Francisco, suffered a catastrophic collapse. USGS Scientists from the Pacific Coastal and Marine and the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Centers are monitoring this section of the coastline, in collaboration with the California Department of Transportation.

Maps Showing Estimated Sediment Yield From Coastal Landslides and Active Slope Distribution Along the Big Sur Coast, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, California
USGS Scientific Investigations Map 2852

Map Showing Coastal Cliff Retreat Rates Along the Big Sur Coast, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, California
USGS Scientific Investigations Map 2853

Formation, Evolution, and Stability of Coastal Cliffs--Status and Trends
USGS Professional Paper 1693

USGS Landslide Hazards website

USGS Landslide News and Information

1982-83 El Niño Coastal Erosion: San Mateo County, California