This editorial introduces a special section of the Italian Journal of Geosciences dedicated to fast slope movements, as a follow up of a session of Geoitalia 2011, the 8th Italian Forum of Earth Sciences, held in Torino, Italy, on September 19–23, 2011. To present the special section some themes, considered as relevant by the international scientific community, are discussed and followed by a brief description of the main topics addressed in the contributions to this special section.

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