The downslope movement of unconsolidated materials (colluvium) or rock debris under the influence of gravity; Rates of mass wasting vary substantially from the rapid process of rock falls or debris flows to the slow process of seasonal or continuous creep.
The technical name for landslides large and small. Mass wasting is a natural process where by mountains are worn down and valleys formed over time. Improper forest practices can accelerate mass wasting that may cause damage to fish streams.
the down-slope movement of rock and regolith near the Earth's surface, mainly due to the force of gravity. This important part of the erosional process moves material from higher elevations to lower elevations where transporting agents like streams can then pick up the material and move it to even lower elevations. Mass-wasting processes are occurring continuously on all slopes. Some mass-wasting processes act very slowly, while others occur very suddenly, often with disastrous results.
Movement of earth materials caused by gravity alone, without a transporting medium such as wind or water. Mass wasting includes imperceptible processes such as soil creep and rapid processes such as debris slides and rock fall.
Mass wasting, also known as mass movement or slope movement, is the geomorphic process by which soil, regolith, and rock move downslope under the force of gravity. Types of mass wasting include creep, slides, flows, topples, and falls, each with their own characteristic features, and take place over timescales from seconds to years. Mass wasting occurs on terrestrial and submarine slopes, and has been observed on Earth and Mars.