Environmental Science 102
Mass Wasting Study Guide

After the "Mass Wasting" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

Rank the processes of mass wasting in order from fastest motion to slowest motion.

Describe the manner and mechanism of movement in the following forms of mass wasting:





     Debris Flows

     Rock Slide

     Rock Fall


Creep operates in two ways - explain the two methods and how this results in the downhill movement of earth material.

Compare and contrast slump and landslides.

What is the difference between a rock slide/rock fall and an avalanche?

What is the primary force acting on earth materials during mass wasting?

What are the major causes of mass wasting?