Story: Landslides

Rotational landslide

Rotational landslide

A rotational landslide is visible in this King Country pasture. The green curve at centre left is the scarp (the area where the ground has failed). The sheep below it are on top of the landslide. The hummocky ground at bottom right (in shadow) is the toe of the landslide (red line). It is called a rotational landslide as the earth has moved from left to right on a curved sliding surface. The direction and axis of rotation are also depicted.

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Photograph by Mike Crozier

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Michael J. Crozier. 'Landslides - Hill country, regolith and submarine landslides', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8792/rotational-landslide