This page provides a brief outline of, lists the main points of, gives links to figures for, and lists the assigned reading for a lecture in Dr. Bruce Railsback's GEOL 1121 class at the University of Georgia. This page is not intended as a set of lecture notes, and it cannot subsititute for a set of lecture notes. Familiarity with this page alone will not assure satisfactory grades on exams in the course.

Lecture 30 (Monday, April 8, 2002): Mass Wasting

Brief outline of this lecture:
Basics of mass wasting
Kinds of mass wasting
Controls on mass wasting
     

Main points of this lecture:
Mass wasting greatly modifies many landscapes.
Styles of mass wasting differ in terms of extent of internal deformation and in terms of rate.
Slumps and flows often result in hummocky topography in their lower reaches.
Steepening of slopes, loading on slopes, and wet conditions all favor mass wasting.

Figures used in this lecture:
Definition and examples of mass wasting
Four styles of mass wasting
Pathways of particles in mass wasting
Factors favoring glides, slumps, and flows

Reading assignment: Chapter 8.


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