Nieto, Alberto S. University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
Last reviewed:November 2019
- Strength and stress in slopes
- Mass wasting and the environment
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A generic term for the downslope movement of soil, regolith (decomposed and disaggregated rock), and rock, above and below sea level, resulting primarily from gravitational body forces as they overcome the forces tending to keep these earth materials in place. Mass wasting, also known as mass movement, is distinct from other erosive processes in which particles or fragments are carried down by the energy of wind, running water, or moving ice and snow. Mass wasting generally creates colluvium, a type of deposit over or on the lower reaches of many slopes and with characteristics as varied as the mass-wasting processes. See also: Landslide
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