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Volume 4, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 743–755, 2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 743–755, 2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 28 Sep 2016

Research article | 28 Sep 2016

3-D models and structural analysis of rock avalanches: the study of the deformation process to better understand the propagation mechanism

Céline Longchamp et al.
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The main objective of this research is to analyze rock avalanche dynamics by means of a detailed structural analysis of the deposits coming from data of 3-D measurements. The studied deposits are of different magnitude: (1) decimeter level scale laboratory experiments and (2) well-studied rock avalanches. Filtering techniques were developed and applied to a 3-D dataset in order to detect fault structures present in the deposits and to propose kinematic mechanisms for the propagation.
The main objective of this research is to analyze rock avalanche dynamics by means of a detailed...