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Natural and Artificial Rockslide Dams

  • Stephen G. Evans
  • Reginald L. Hermanns
  • Alexander Strom
  • Gabriele Scarascia-Mugnozza

Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences book series (LNEARTH, volume 133)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Stephen G. Evans, Keith B. Delaney, Reginald L. Hermanns, Alexander Strom, Gabriele Scarascia-Mugnozza
    Pages 1-75
  3. Robert L. Schuster, Stephen G. Evans
    Pages 77-100
  4. Reginald L. Hermanns, Andres Folguera, Ivanna Penna, Luis Fauqué, Samuel Niedermann
    Pages 147-176
  5. G. Bianchi-Fasani, C. Esposito, M. Petitta, G. Scarascia-Mugnozza, M. Barbieri, E. Cardarelli et al.
    Pages 323-345
  6. G. B. Crosta, P. Frattini, N. Fusi, R. Sosio
    Pages 347-368
  7. C. F. Lee, F.C. Dai
    Pages 369-388
  8. Andreas von Poschinger
    Pages 407-421
  9. T.R. Davies, M.J. McSaveney
    Pages 441-462

About this book


In the last one hundred years, a number of catastrophic events associated with rockslide dam formation and failure have occurred in the mountain regions of the world. This book presents a global view of the formation, characteristics and behaviour of natural and artificial rockslide dams. Chapters include a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of our global understanding natural and artificial rockslide dams, overviews of approaches to rockslide dam risk mitigation, regional studies of rockslide dams in India, Nepal, China, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Argentina. Rockslide dams associated with large-scale instability of volcanoes are also examined. Detailed case histories of well-known historic and prehistoric rockslide dams provide examples of investigations of rockslide dam behaviour, stability, and characteristics. The formation and behaviour of rockslide-dammed lakes ("Quake Lakes") formed during the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, China are also comprehensively summarised. The formation, sedimentology and stability of rockslide dams is examined in several analytical papers. An analysis of break-out floods from volcanogenic lakes and hydrological methods of estimating break-out flood magnitude and behavior are reviewed. The use of remote sensing data in rockslide-dammed lake characterisation is explored and a new approach to the classification of rockslide dams is introduced. Finally, a unique section of the book summarises Russian and Kyrgyz experience with blast-fill dam construction in two papers by leading authorities on the technology. The volume contains 24 papers by 50 authors from 16 countries including most of the recognised world authorities on the subject.


Artificial rockslide dams Landslide disasters Outburst floods Rockslide dams

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen G. Evans
    • 1
  • Reginald L. Hermanns
    • 2
  • Alexander Strom
    • 3
  • Gabriele Scarascia-Mugnozza
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. Earth & Environmental Sciences, Landslide Research ProgramUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Dept. GeophysicsGeological Survey of NorwayTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Institute of the Geospheres DynamicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussian Federation
  4. 4.Dipto. Scienze della TerraUniversità Roma, La SapienzaRomaItaly

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