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Landslides: On the Road of Destruction



Landslides: On the Road of Destruction
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     challenging words:    de-forestation, earthflow, mudflow, snowmelts, soils, stability, further, hourglass, generally, organic, mudslides, geologists, gravity, downward, mass, deformation
     content words:    In Washington, Nile Valley, North Carolina


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Landslides: On the Road of Destruction
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Landslides happen often and can be one of the most destructive forces on earth. In Washington state, the Nile Valley landslide occurred on October 11, 2009. Later that month, a landslide occurred in North Carolina on October 25. Two more occurred in Tennessee on November 10, 2009. All of these landslides caused road closures and severe road damage. The worst landslide in history occurred in China on December 10, 1920. Over 180,000 lives were lost in this landslide.
 
2     A landslide is a natural disaster. Most landslides take place when part of a mountain breaks away and slides down its slope. Landslides usually happen as a result of gravity. Landslides occur when something changes the stability of the slope.
 
3     A landslide can cause serious damage to the area around it. It can cause rivers to change course and cause flooding. A landslide can cover sections of roadway cutting off access. Roads buckle under the stress of the ground deformation.

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