The Hunters Crossing weathered rock slide, Haywood County, North Carolina, USA
Published:January 01, 2010
Rebecca S. Latham, Richard M. Wooten, Edward D. Billington, Kenneth A. Gillon, Anne C. Witt, Jennifer B. Bauer, Stephen J. Fuemmeler, Thomas J. Douglas, David Kinner, Cheryl Waters-Tormey, 2010. "The Hunters Crossing weathered rock slide, Haywood County, North Carolina, USA", Weathering as a Predisposing Factor to Slope Movements, D. Calcaterra, M. Parise
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The Hunters Crossing landslide is a slow-moving, weathered rock slide affecting a small community of condominiums in the town of Waynesville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Haywood County, North Carolina. In November 2005, studies were begun to assess the characteristics of this landslide and the potential for further movement and damage to structures. Work included drilling several boreholes, performing seismic velocity surveys, and surveying benchmarks among other investigations. Data indicate that the potential failure surface is located no more than 11 m below the ground surface, possibly at the contact between saprolite and partially weathered rock. However, inclinometers installed at two locations on the slope have not detected enough movement to corroborate that assessment. Studies continue at this site to determine the location of the failure surface, to identify the mechanisms that accelerate movement, and to relate these findings to a broader understanding of weathered rock slides elsewhere in the southeastern USA.
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Weathering as a Predisposing Factor to Slope Movements
This volume is intended to provide an up-to-date overview of the approaches, methodologies and techniques devoted to better understanding of the weathering conditions of rock masses on slopes. According to the local conditions, a variety of slope movements may take place and involve weathered rock masses. Shallow and rapid soil slips evolving to debris flows are probably the most common type of slope movement. At the same time, deep-seated, intermittent landslides can also affect large volumes of weathered rocks and soils. Despite the high frequency of landslides in weathered materials, and the damage and casualties they repeatedly cause, little is known about the relationship between weathering and slope movements. This book presents worldwide case studies, where a variety of geological and geomorphological settings are discussed. The content is divided into three sections: the first is devoted to broad aspects of the weathering/landslide processes; the second and third sections include papers dealing with igneous/metamorphic and sedimentary weathered rocks, respectively.