Monday, 10 July 2017

Modelling how rock cliffs and slopes collapse

'Failing slopes; modelling how rock cliffs and slopes can collapse'  Rocks with horizontal bedding tend to be fairly stable, but when they dip at an angle they are less stable, particularly if they have vertical fractures or joints. The type of collapse usually depends upon the rock type and thickness of the beds.

The activity could be used in a lesson on slope failure itself, or as an application of the physics of friction. Results obtained from an actual investigation are given in the activity.
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