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Do human activities cause landslides?

Yes, in some cases human activities can be a contributing factor in causing landslides. Many human-caused landslides can be avoided or mitigated. They are commonly a result of building roads and structures without adequate grading of slopes, of poorly planned alteration of drainage patterns, and of disturbing old landslides.


Detailed on-site investigation is required to determine the importance of human factors in causing any particular landslide.


Learn more:

Highland, L., 2004, Landslide Types and Processes, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2004-3072.

Turner, A. K., and R.L. Schuster, Landslides:  Investigation and Mitigation, Transportation Research Board Special Report 247, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.:  National Academy Press.

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