Getting Mountains to Move – #365papers – 2017 – 144

#365papers for May 24, 2017

Malone, Craddock, Schmitz, Kenderes, Kraushaar, Murphey, Nielsen, and Mitchell, 2017, Volcanic initiation of the Eocene Hart Mountain Slide, Wyoming, USA: Journal of Geology, v 125

What’s it about?

The Hart Mountain slide is famous (in geology) for being a land slide that covers at least 3500 km3 and may have moved as far as 85 km. How do you get something that big started? This paper shows that the emplacement of an igneous body below what became the slide may have helped trigger the movement.

Why does it matter?

Understanding what causes the largest land slides can help us recognize situations in which a similar situation could arise and protect human lives.

Why did I read this?

I visited Hart Mountain last year, and did my PhD work (in geology) also in Wyoming. Anything Wyoming is near and dear to my heart.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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