My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.
Today’s disaster is...
Mudslides (or mudflows) are a form of mass/slope movement, a process by which sand, soil, rock, and regolith move down slope. This usually occurs due to gravity but water, such as melting snow, heavy rainfall, floods and groundwater, can play a major role.
FACT: Mass movement has happened on Mars, Venus, and Jupiter's moon Io.
Because of the clay in most mudslides, they can travel far and even across areas with low slope angles. They can devastate villages and countrysides. The hills around Los Angeles are often affected by mudslides.
FACT: Because mudslides are a lot like floods, they can move houses off their foundations and even bury them.
Areas that are at risk of mudslides have steep slopes and are located where surface runoff is directed. Places with channels along streams/rivers, destroyed vegetation from wildfires or construction, and of course places that have had landslides in the past are also at risk.
FACT: The world's largest landslide occurred during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington, USA.
Check out these recipes for Mudslides (alcoholic drink): Drinks Mixer
QUESTIONS: Has anyone ever tried the Mudslide drink? Do you live at the bottom of a steep slope (hills/mountains)?