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On May 25, 2014, a rain-on-snow induced rock avalanche occurred in the West Salt Creek Valley on the northern flank of Grand Mesa in western Colorado. The avalanche traveled 4.6 km down the confined valley, killing 3 people. The avalanche was rare for the contiguous U.S. because of its large size (54.5 Mm3) and long travel distance. To understand the avalanche failure sequence, mechanisms, and mobility, we mapped landslide structures, geology, and ponds at 1:1000-scale. We used high-resolution, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) imagery from July 2014 as a base for our field mapping. Here we present the map data and UAS imagery. The data accompany an interpretive paper published in the journal Geosphere. The full citation...
This digital terrain model of the Icy Bay, Alaska region consists of elevations acquired using airborne Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) merged with bathymetry interpolated from various hydrographic surveys and inferred landslide slip surface elevations for a landslide that occurred on October 17, 2015 near the terminus of Tyndall Glacier. Hydrographic information for Icy Bay and the lower 9 km of Taan Fiord was primarily from hydrographic surveys and a nautical chart published by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Near the head of Taan Fiord, hydrographic survey points were from Meigs and others (2006). The reach of Taan Fiord between the study of Meigs and others (2006)...
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Landslide-generated tsunamis pose significant hazards, but developing models to assess these hazards presents unique challenges. George and others (2017) present a new methodology in which a depth-averaged two-phase landslide model (D-Claw) is used to simulate all stages of landslide dynamics and subsequent tsunami generation, propagation, and inundation. Because the model describes the evolution of solid and fluid volume fractions, it treats both landslides and tsunamis as special cases of a more general class of phenomena. Therefore, the landslide and tsunami can be seamlessly and efficiently simulated as a single-layer continuum with evolving solid-grain concentrations, and with wave generation via mass displacement...


    map background search result map search result map Map data and Unmanned Aircraft System imagery from the May 25, 2014 West Salt Creek rock avalanche in western Colorado Data to support modeling of the 2015 Tyndall Glacier landslide, Alaska Map data and Unmanned Aircraft System imagery from the May 25, 2014 West Salt Creek rock avalanche in western Colorado Data to support modeling of the 2015 Tyndall Glacier landslide, Alaska