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Introduction to landslides Part 1: Types and causes Cees van Westen International Institute for Aerospace

Introduction to landslides Part 1: Types and causes

Introduction to landslides Part 1: Types and causes Cees van Westen International Institute for Aerospace Survey
Introduction to landslides Part 1: Types and causes Cees van Westen International Institute for Aerospace Survey

Cees van Westen

International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands. E-mail: westen@itc.nl

1 Landslide types and causes

Landslides There is a wide variety of names for the denudational process whereby soil or

Landslides

There is a wide variety of names for the denudational process whereby soil or rock is displaced along the slope by mainly gravitational forces.

“mass movement”

“slope movement”,

“landslide”

Landslide = “the movement of a mass of rock, debris or earth down the slope” (Cruden, 1991).

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Landslides The occurrence of slope movements is the consequence of a complex field of forces

Landslides

The occurrence of slope movements is the consequence of a complex field of forces (stress is a force per unit area) which is active on a mass of rock or soil on the slope.

Movement occurs when the shear stress exceeds the shear strength of the material. Difference with soil erosion.

The consequence of these forces in conjunction to the slope morphology and the geotechnical parameters of the material define together the specific type of landslide which might occur.

parameters of the material define together the specific type of landslide which might occur. 3 Landslide

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Landslide definition Landslide is defined as the movement of a mass of rock, debris or

Landslide definition

Landslide is defined as the movement of a mass of rock, debris or earth down the slope, when the shear stress exceeds the shear strength of the material.

or earth down the slope, when the shear stress exceeds the shear strength of the material.

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Landslide causes The occurrence of landslides is the consequence of a complex field of forces

Landslide causes

The occurrence of landslides is the consequence of a complex field of forces (stress is a force per unit area) which is active on a mass of rock or soil on the slope. Basically, the two main

determinative parameters are:

An increase of shear stress

A decrease of material strength

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Increase in shear strength Removal of lateral and underlying support (erosion, previous slides, road cuts

Increase in shear strength

Removal of lateral and underlying support (erosion, previous slides, road cuts and quarries)

Increase of load (weight of rain/snow, fills, vegetation)

Increase of lateral pressures (hydraulic pressures, roots, crystallisation, swelling of clay)

Transitory stresses (earthquakes, vibrations of trucks, machinery, blasting)

Regional tilting (geological movements).

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Reduction of material strength Decrease of material strength (weathering, Change in state of consistency )

Reduction of material strength

Decrease of material strength (weathering, Change in state of consistency ) Changes in intergranular forces (pore water pressure, solution) Changes in structure (decrease strength in failure plane, fracturing due to unloading)

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Checklist of causes Geological causes •Excavation of the slope or its toe •Weak material •Intense
Checklist of causes
Geological causes
•Excavation of the slope or its toe
•Weak material
•Intense rainfall/ Prolonged exceptional precipitation
•Tectonic or volcanic uplift
•Sensitive material
•Deposition of load on the slope or its crest
•Rapid snow melt/ Thawing/ Freeze-and-thaw weathering
•Glacial rebound
•Drawdown (of reservoirs)
•Weathered material
Morphological causes
•Earthquake/ Volcanic eruption
•erosion of slope toe
•Sheared material
•Deforestation
•Erosion of lateral margins>
•Jointed or fissured material
•Irrigation
•Subterrenean erosion (solution, piping)
Physical causes
•Adversely oriented mass discontinuity (bedding, schistocity, etc)
•Mining
•Adversely oriented structural discontinuity (fault, unconformity etc)
•Artificial vibration
•Deposition of load on the slope or its crest
•Contrast in permeability
•Water leakage from utilities
•Vegetation removal
Human causes
•Contrast in stiffness (stiff, dense material over plastic material)

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Impact of landslides Worldwide landslide activity is increasing, due to: Increased urbanization and development in

Impact of landslides

Worldwide landslide activity is increasing, due to:

Increased urbanization and development in landslide-prone areas. Continued deforestation of landslide- prone areas Increased regional precipitation caused by changing climate patterns

Continued deforestation of landslide- prone areas Increased regional precipitation caused by changing climate patterns
Continued deforestation of landslide- prone areas Increased regional precipitation caused by changing climate patterns

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Example: La Siria, Manizales, Colombia

Economic losses due to landslides

Direct costs:

Repair, replacement, or maintenance resulting from damage to property or infrastructure due to landslides

Indirect costs:

Loss of productivity and revenues Reduced land value Loss of tax revenues Landslide mitigation measures Adverse effect on water quality/ sedimentation/ siltation of reservoirs Loss of human or animal productivity because of injury/ trauma Secondary effects, such as landslide- caused flooding

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•Schuster (1978) : US $ •Brabb (1984): US $ 1.000 million per year (direct and
•Schuster (1978) : US $
•Brabb (1984): US $
1.000 million per year (direct and indirect costs)
250 million per year (direct only)
•Schuster & Fleming: $ 1.800 million per year
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12 Landslide losses Country Yearly losses Million US $ Japan 4.700 Italy 2.600 United States 1.800

Landslide losses

Country

Yearly losses Million US $

Japan

4.700

Italy

2.600

United States

1.800

India

1.350

China

500

Spain

220

Canada

50

Hong Kong

25

New Zealand

12

Norway

6

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Landslide casualties Year Location Type No. Of deaths 1786 Sichuan (China) Earthquake, landslide dam 100.000
Landslide casualties
Year
Location
Type
No. Of deaths
1786
Sichuan (China)
Earthquake, landslide dam
100.000
1786
Calabria (S. Italy)
Earthquake, malaria
50.000
1920
Gansu (China)
Earthquake, severe winter
100.000
1933
Sichuan (China)
Earthquake, landslide dam
6.800
1949
Tadzhikistan
Earthquake
20.000
1963
Vaiont (Italy)
Landslide in dammed lake
2.000
1970
Huascaran (Peru)
Earthquake, debris avalanche
18.000
1985
Armero (Colombia)
Volcanic lahar
20.000
• Estimated casualties per year, world-wide: 600 - 1000 persons
• In US: 25 - 50 per year.
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Landslide classification The following factors can be used and have been used to classify landslides:

Landslide classification

The following factors can be used and have been used to classify landslides:

Material: Rock, Soil Lithology, structure, Geotechnical properties

Geomorphic attributes: Weathering, Slope form

Landslide geometry: Depth, Length, Height etc.

Type of movement: Fall, Slide, Flow etc

Climate: Tropical, Periglacial etc.

Water: Dry, wet, saturated

Speed of movement: Very slow, slow etc.

Triggering mechanism:

Earthquake, rainfall etc.

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• Material • Movement • Velocity earth, rock flow, slip slow to very rapid •
• Material
• Movement
• Velocity
earth, rock
flow, slip
slow to very rapid
Water/ice content

Classification by Sharpe (1938)

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Varnes (1978) • Material • Movement • Secondary bedrock, debris, earth fall, topple, slide, flow,
Varnes (1978)
• Material
• Movement
• Secondary
bedrock, debris, earth
fall, topple, slide, flow, complex
water content (dry to wet)
velocity (slow to rapid)
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17 Hutchinson (1988) Rebound . When ground is unloaded, either artificially by encavation or naturelly by

Hutchinson (1988)

Rebound. When ground is unloaded, either artificially by encavation or naturelly by erosion, the

unloaded area responds, initially elastically and subsequently by slow swelling (Peterson, 1958)

Creep. Any extremely slow movements which are imperceptible except through long-period measurement

Sagging of mountain slopes. A general term for these deep-seated deformations of mountain

slopes, which, in their present state of development, do not justify classification as landslides.

Landslide. Relatively rapid downslope movements of soil and rock, which take place chararcteristically

on one or more discrete bounding slip surfaces which divine the moving mass.

Debris movement of flow like form. Term covering five types of movement of flow-like form, which differ markedly in mechanism: non-periglacial mudslides, periglacial mudslides, flow slides, debris

flows and sturzstroms.

Topple. A movement that occurs when the vector of resultant applied forces falls through, or outside a

pivot point in the base of the affected block.

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Wieczorek: Unified Landslide Classification System YESF: Y = Dormant-Young E = Earth S = Slide
Wieczorek:
Unified Landslide Classification System
YESF:
Y = Dormant-Young
E
= Earth
S
= Slide
F
= Flow
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19 Landslide features Surface of rupture Surface of separation Zone of depletion Zone of accumulation

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Landslide features Surface of rupture Surface of separation Zone of depletion Zone of accumulation Depletion
Landslide features
Surface of rupture
Surface of separation
Zone of depletion
Zone of accumulation
Depletion
Depleted mass
Accumulation
Flank
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Crown Main scarp Top Head Minor scarp Main Body Foot Tip Toe

Landslide dimensions   1. Width of displaced mass (W d ) 2. Width of surface

Landslide dimensions

 
 

1. Width of displaced mass (W d )

2. Width of surface of rupture (W r )

3. Length of displaced mass (L d )

4. Length of surface of rupture (L r )

4. Length of surface of rupture (L r )

5. Depth of displaced mass (D d )

6. Depth of surface of rupture (D r )

6. Depth of surface of rupture (D r )

7. Total Length (L)

8. Length of center line (L cl )

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21 Landslide types and causes Cruden and Varnes (1996) IAEG Commission UNESCO Working Party on
21 Landslide types and causes
21 Landslide types and causes

Cruden and Varnes

(1996)

IAEG Commission UNESCO Working Party on World Landslide Inventory (WP/WLI).

Types of landslides Fall Topple Slide Flow Spread 22 Landslide types and causes
Types of landslides
Fall
Topple
Slide
Flow
Spread
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•Active •Suspended •Reactivated •Inactive •Dormant •Abandoned •Stabilized •Relict
•Active
•Suspended
•Reactivated
•Inactive
•Dormant
•Abandoned
•Stabilized
•Relict

State of activity (1)

Active

•Relict State of activity (1) A c t i v e Reactivated Suspended Inactive 23 Landslide

Reactivated

•Relict State of activity (1) A c t i v e Reactivated Suspended Inactive 23 Landslide

Suspended

•Relict State of activity (1) A c t i v e Reactivated Suspended Inactive 23 Landslide
Inactive
Inactive

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•Active •Suspended •Reactivated •Inactive •Dormant •Abandoned •Stabilized •Relict
•Active
•Suspended
•Reactivated
•Inactive
•Dormant
•Abandoned
•Stabilized
•Relict

State of activity (2)

Dormant

•Stabilized •Relict State of activity (2) Dormant Stabilized Abandoned Relict 24 Landslide types and causes
Stabilized
Stabilized

Abandoned

•Stabilized •Relict State of activity (2) Dormant Stabilized Abandoned Relict 24 Landslide types and causes

Relict

•Stabilized •Relict State of activity (2) Dormant Stabilized Abandoned Relict 24 Landslide types and causes

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Widening

Distribution of activity

Advancing

Widening Distribution of activity Advancing E n l a r g i n g Confined Retrogressive

Enlarging

Distribution of activity Advancing E n l a r g i n g Confined Retrogressive Diminishing

Confined

of activity Advancing E n l a r g i n g Confined Retrogressive Diminishing M

Retrogressive

Advancing E n l a r g i n g Confined Retrogressive Diminishing M o v

Diminishing

Advancing E n l a r g i n g Confined Retrogressive Diminishing M o v

Moving

Advancing E n l a r g i n g Confined Retrogressive Diminishing M o v

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Styles of activity Composite Single Complex Successive Multiple 26 Landslide types and causes

Styles of activity

Composite Single
Composite
Single

Complex

Successive

Multiple

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Fall examples 27 Landslide types and causes

Fall examples

Fall examples 27 Landslide types and causes

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Rockfall
Rockfall

Landslide types and causes

Examples: fall Debris fall Typical rockfall deposits: talus slopes 29 Landslide types and causes

Examples: fall

Examples: fall Debris fall Typical rockfall deposits: talus slopes 29 Landslide types and causes
Debris fall
Debris fall

Typical rockfall deposits: talus slopes

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Examples toppling 30 Landslide types and causes

Examples toppling

Examples toppling 30 Landslide types and causes
Examples toppling 30 Landslide types and causes
Examples toppling 30 Landslide types and causes

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Translational slide 31 Landslide types and causes
Translational slide
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Rotational slide (Slump) 32 Landslide types and causes

Rotational slide (Slump)

Rotational slide (Slump) 32 Landslide types and causes
Rotational slide (Slump) 32 Landslide types and causes

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Toppling

Rock slides

Planar failure

Wedge failure

Rotational

Toppling Rock slides Planar failure Wedge failure Rotational Type of rockslide depends on discontinuities in the

Type of rockslide depends on discontinuities in the rock mass

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Sagging / Sackungen 34 Landslide types and causes

Sagging / Sackungen

Sagging / Sackungen 34 Landslide types and causes

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Flow type movements: debris flow 35 Landslide types and causes

Flow type movements: debris flow

Flow type movements: debris flow 35 Landslide types and causes
Flow type movements: debris flow 35 Landslide types and causes
Flow type movements: debris flow 35 Landslide types and causes

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Flow type movements: earthflow
Flow type movements: earthflow

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Flow type movements: Debris avalanche 37 Landslide types and causes

Flow type movements: Debris avalanche

Flow type movements: Debris avalanche 37 Landslide types and causes
Flow type movements: Debris avalanche 37 Landslide types and causes

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Creep 38 Landslide types and causes
Creep
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Rock glacier

Solifluction & Rock glaciers

R o c k g l a c i e r Solifluction & Rock glaciers Solifluction

Solifluction

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