Assignment 7 - Mass Wasting.docx

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Assignment 7 – Mass Wasting (Answers) 1. Describe the four variables used to classify downslope movement. a. Materials Weight b. Materials Resistance c. Trigger d. Water 2. The stability of a slope can be assessed by determining the relationship between which two forces? Gravity and Friction Describe the forces. Gravity is the force pulling together all matter; the more matter, the more gravity. The friction of the materials of the bedrock and the upper layer of elements of a slope. 3. Describe the interacting variables that create unstable avalanche conditions. The steepness of the Grade: the steeper the slope, the less resistance will be held due to gravity. Stability of the Snowpack: the newer the top layer of snow the more unstable to snowpack, also the weight of the snowpack will be a factor, The weather: As the weather warms up the more volatile the snow will become as the snow melts. 4. What are the effects of landslides? Landslides generate property damage, injury or death and adversely affect resources. Water
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