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Stressed rocks cause big landslides

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Near-surface stress patterns, influenced by topography, control the size and location of the largest landslides — but not necessarily smaller ones — according to a study of mountains at the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau.

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Fig. 1: A large landslide in the Longmen Shan.

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van der Beek, P. Stressed rocks cause big landslides. Nat. Geosci. 14, 261–262 (2021).

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