• Gravity is responsible for erosion by flowing water and glaciers.
  • But gravity also causes erosion directly.
  • Gravity can pull soil, mud, and rocks down cliffs and hillsides.
  • This type of erosion and deposition is called mass wasting.
  • Landslides are the most dramatic, sudden, and dangerous types of mass wasting and cause $1 billion to $2 billion damage in the United States each year.
  • To be safe, be aware of landslides: Notice changes in the natural world.
  • Be aware of cracks in hillsides or patios, leaning poles or fences when rainfall is heavy.
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