Some years ago we marked the 50th anniversary of the Vaiont catastrophe with a cover photo for this journal. This year sees the 50th anniversary of another landslide disaster, this time closer to ‘home’ for the journal: the collapse of the waste heap from a coal mine at Aberfan in South Wales. Britain is on a world scale a fairly benign place for landslides, because on this scale it is not a large country, the relief in most places is low and the landscape is not typically evolving rapidly. Therefore, the 144 fatalities in the Aberfan disaster form a distant...

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