|2013 landslide in Colorado, image credit: US Geological Survey / Rex Baum, no endorsement of this site implied|
Landslides are turning geological votes away from Lyell’s uniformitarianism toward catastrophism.To finish reading, rock on over to "Lyell Loses in a Landslide". Also recommended, "Analogy and geology—the ‘science’ of Charles Lyell".
Landslides can cause monumental changes in just minutes.
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Two recent papers reveal some of the changes in geological thinking about landslides. They don’t necessarily need a high slope to get going. Long-runout slides can cover much more distance than previously believed. And dating landslides can be tricky business. The following observations underscore the catastrophic potential of sudden, large-scale events, in contrast to Charles Lyell’s picture of a world in slow and gradual “uniformitarian” change.