Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Predicting the Path of Western North Carolina Landslides

Geologists Richard Giraud and Francis Ashland share graphic photos of property damage in their article "Another Year (2006) of Damaging Landslides in Northern Utah." According to their investigations, "Nearly all of the 2006 landslides were reactivations of pre-existing landslides, including slides that had previously moved sometime during the past decade."

Western North Carolina geologic hazard maps show thousands of old landslide deposits. Many of these dormant but dangerous locations are currently under residential development.

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