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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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James Petersen
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How might vegetative cover or moisture content affect the potential for downslope movement of soil?

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The way by which the vegetative cover or moisture content affects the potential for downslope movement of soil.

Explanation

The occurrence of mass wasting can be determined by the angle of slope. Gravitational forces are operated to pull materials straight downward, toward the center of the Earth. When the slope is closer, then it will be more parallel to the downward direction. It indicates that when the angle of slope is steep, then it will be easier for the gravitational force to overcome the resistance of friction and the strength of rock. The effect of gravity is more in pulling down the materials or rocks on steep slopes than on gently leveled or flat surfaces.

When the slope is steep, the friction or rock strength that is required to resist the downslope motion will be strong...

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