Types of Wasting: Slump, Rockslide, Debris Flow & Earthflow


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Which of the following terms is used to describe the large movement of rock, soil, and debris downward due to the force of gravity?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a potential cause of mass wasting?

2. Which type of mass wasting is described as the sliding of coherent rock material along a curved surface?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at how rocks like to follow their own slippery slope, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the types of mass wasting and erosion. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what mass wasting is as well as knowing the potential causes of mass wasting.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Potential causes of mass wasting
  • The sliding of coherent rock material along curved surfaces
  • Why debris flow is dangerous
  • When fine-grained material is oozing slowly down a slope

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding why debris flow is dangerous and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of erosion
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related mass wasting lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about how too much water can be a bad thing, review the corresponding lesson on the Types of Mass Wasting and Erosion. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what mass wasting is
  • Describe what causes mass wasting
  • Identify the types of mass wasting
  • Explain the characteristics of each type
  • Appreciate the difference between a rockslide and an earthflow