Geologist reveals correlation between earthquakes, landslides in Peru

4 noviembre 2014

A geologist has demonstrated that earthquakes — not climate change, as previously thought — affect the rate of landslides in Peru. «Geologic records of landslide activity offer rare glimpses into landscapes evolving under the influence of tectonics and climate,» says a researcher whose expertise includes geomorphology and tectonics. «Because deposits from individual landslides are unlikely to be preserved, it’s difficult to reconstruct landslide activity in the geologic past. Therefore, we’ve developed a method that measures landslide activity before and after the last glacial-interglacial climate transition in Peru.»