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Types of Landslides

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The term "landslide" describes a wide variety of processes that result in the downward and outward movement of slope-forming materials including rock, soil, artificial fill, or a combination of these. The materials may move by falling, toppling, sliding, spreading, or flowing. The animated GIF shows a graphic illustration of different types of landslides, with the commonly accepted terminology describing their features. The various types of landslides can be differentiated by the kinds of material involved and the mode of movement.


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