Mass Wasting: Definition, Types, Causes & Processes


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Which of the following is TRUE concerning mass wasting?

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1. Which of the following terms is used to describe the resistive forces of the mountain, including the cohesive strength and internal friction between the materials?

2. Why is decreased vegetation a factor that can cause mass wasting?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz will test you on the characteristics of mass wasting. Some questions will give a definition and then you will need to select the corresponding term. Other questions will ask you to identify the false statement in the answers provided.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The assessment will examine your knowledge of the following:

  • Movement of a water-laden mass of loose mud, sand, soil, rock and debris down a slope
  • Wasting that involves the sliding of coherent rock material along a curved surface
  • Resistive forces of a mountain

Skills Practiced

The quiz will help you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Earth science lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding resistive forces and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding factors that can cause mass wasting

Additional Learning

Once you finish the quiz, head over to the related lesson titled Mass Wasting: Definition, Types, Causes & Processes for more information on this subject. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Exploring the meaning of mass wasting
  • Understanding shear strength
  • Describing the process of slumping
  • Detailing the characteristics of a rockslide
  • Clarifying the meanings of debris flow and earthflow