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13 October 2020

The role of mycorrhizal fungi in preventing landslides

An interesting short article points out that mycorrhizal fungi may play a key in reducing the susceptibility to landslides

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31 January 2020

Do trees make slopes more stable?

A new study (Lan et al 2020) explores whether planting trees increases slope stability. Spoiler alert: in general they do on lower angled slopes, but on steep slopes they can reduce stability.

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7 September 2016

Why maintaining forest roads is important – a large landslide triggered by a small culvert failure

Why maintaining forest roads is important – a large landslide triggered by a small culvert failure in the Six Rivers National Forest in California

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13 February 2011

Two videos: the aftermath of the remarkable Turkish open cast mine accident and a CNN hero

A short post proving a video of the aftermath of the turkish open cast mine accident, and a link to a CNN video on the work Of Anne Hallum

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25 October 2010

Landslides, forests and pandas – conservation and the Wenchuan earthquake

The vast number of  landslides triggered by the May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, and in its aftermath has been extensively described, not least on this blog.  One of the documented impacts of these landslides was the well-documented loss of habitat of the giant panda (A. melanoleuca) due to extensive forest loss.  However, there is a great deal more to that story than meets the eye, as a newly-published paper by Vina …

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