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Landslide vs. Mudflow — What's the Difference?

Landslide vs. Mudflow — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Landslide and Mudflow

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Landslide

The term landslide or, less frequently, landslip, refers to several forms of mass wasting that may include a wide range of ground movements, such as rockfalls, deep-seated slope failures, mudflows, and debris flows. Landslides occur in a variety of environments, characterized by either steep or gentle slope gradients, from mountain ranges to coastal cliffs or even underwater, in which case they are called submarine landslides.

Mudflow

A mudflow or mud flow is a form of mass wasting involving "very rapid to extremely rapid surging flow" of debris that has become partially or fully liquified by the addition of significant amounts of water to the source material.Mudflows contain a significant proportion of clay, which makes them more fluid than debris flows; thus, they are able to travel farther and across lower slope angles. Both types are generally mixtures of various kinds of materials of different sizes, which are typically sorted by size upon deposition.Mudflows are often called mudslides, a term applied indiscriminately by the mass media to a variety of mass wasting events.

Landslide

The downward sliding of a relatively dry mass of earth and rock.

Mudflow

A fluid or hardened stream or avalanche of mud.

Landslide

The mass that slides. Also called landslip.
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Mudflow

A flowing mass of soft, wet, unconsolidated earth and fine-grained debris, made fluid by rain or melted snow and often building up great speed.

Landslide

A percentage of votes greatly exceeding the required margin of victory.

Mudflow

The deposit resulting from such a flow.

Landslide

An election that sweeps a party or candidate into office.

Mudflow

A type of landslide characterized by large flows of mud and water.

Landslide

A great victory.

Mudflow

The dried-out product of such a flow.

Landslide

A natural disaster that involves the breakup and downhill flow of rock, mud, water and anything caught in the path.

Landslide

A vote won by a wide or overwhelming majority.
The candidate won by a landslide.

Landslide

To undergo a landslide.

Landslide

The slipping down of a mass of land from a mountain, hill, etc.

Landslide

The land which slips down.

Landslide

An election victory in which the winning candidate receives a substantial majority of the votes, usually meaning at least ten per cent more than any opposing candidate.

Landslide

Any overwhelming victory.

Landslide

An overwhelming electoral victory;
Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide

Landslide

A slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff

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