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The mountain that moved: geologic wonders of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

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Abstract

Prehistoric, giant landslides in Montgomery and Craig Counties, Va., in the Blacksburg/Wythe Ranger Districts of the Jefferson National Forest, are the largest known landslides in eastern North America and are among the largest in the world. One of the landslides is more than 3 miles long! The ancient, giant landslides extend for more than 20 miles along the eastern slope of Sinking Creek Mountain. Enormous slabs of rock ranging from about 0.2 to more than 1.5 square miles in size broke loose and slid downslope under the influence of gravity. The movement of some slides may have been slow, but the movement of others was probably sudden and catastrophic.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Unnumbered Series
Title:
The mountain that moved: geologic wonders of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Series title:
General Interest Publication
Subseries
Geologic wonders of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, No. 2
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description:
Pamphlet: 4 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Virginia
County:
Craig County, Montgomery County
Other Geospatial:
Blacksburg/Wythe Ranger Districts of the Jefferson National Forest
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