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Landslide Investigations

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January 01, 2015

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When the gravity-induced shear stress on a potential slip (failure) surface exceeds the shear resistance, then the soil mass above the slip surface moves downslope. This occurs when the slip surface composed of a clay layer is saturated by water as a result of a heavy rainfall. The land mass may also be set into motion as a result of an earthquake. Factors that control shear stress on the slip surface include the volume of the soil mass above the slip surface, the dip of the slip surface, and the magnitude of the earthquake.

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Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Engineering Seismology: With Applications to Geotechnical Engineering

Yilmaz Öz
Yilmaz Öz
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Richard D. Miller
Richard D. Miller
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Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Volume
17
ISBN electronic:
9781560803300
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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