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        Killer Landslides | Modeling Landslides

        See how models—both physical and virtual—help scientists understand the mechanisms that affect the mobility and severity of landslides in these videos from NOVA and USGS. In a landslide, a large mass of earth, rock, and debris moves down a slope. Flume experiments uncover how water interacts with soil and how soil structure contributes to the mass movement and liquefaction of earth. A computer simulation shows the time and spatial scale of the unusually mobile landslide that devastated Oso, Washington, in 2014.

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        Landslide Flume Experiments

        This video shows how a landslide flume helps scientists model and study slope failure.

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        Computer Landslide Simulation

        This computer simulation models the fluid landslide behavior observed at Oso on March 22, 2014.

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