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Large host landslides commonly encompass smaller, secondary landslides; hence the term “compound landslide.” Secondary landslides differ significantly from their host landslide in that secondary slides (1) have smaller volume; (2) often have greater surface exposure; (3) are more readily saturated by water infiltration; (4) require a smaller driving force to initiate movement; (5) have greater frequency of movement; and (6) their capacity for movement can be either independent of the host and other adjacent secondary landslides, or induced by adjacent landslides. Multilevel flow systems (perched water tables) commonly form within compound landslides due to the relatively low permeability of...

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