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15: Mass Wasting

Mass wasting is the geomorphic process by which soil, sand, regolith, and rock move downslope typically as a mass, largely under the force of gravity, but frequently affected by water and water content as in submarine environments and mudflows.

Thumbnail: Talus cones produced by mass wasting, north shore of Isfjord, Svalbard, Norway. Image used with permission (Public Domain; Wilson44691).