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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 12.34 Slump is the common name for a rotational earthslide. Many slumps transition into the more fluid motion of an earthflow in their lower reaches.

How does the earthflow component differ from the slump component?

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The way by which the earthflow component differs from the slump component.

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The downslope movement of water-saturated unconsolidated sediments under the force of gravity is termed as flows. They carry water in moving sediments while rivers carry sediments in moving water. When compared to slides, flows are characterized by considerable churning and mixing of the materials when they move. Earthflow occurs when a relatively thick unit of predominantly fine, unconsolidated hillside sediment or shale becomes saturated, mixes, and tumbles when it moves. It occurs as events that induced independently of gravity or in association with slumps in a compound feature called a slump-earthflow...

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