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Holocene reactivations of catastrophic complex flow-like landslides in the Flysch Carpathians (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

  • Tomáš Pánek (a1), Veronika Smolková (a1), Jan Hradecký (a1), Ivo Baroň (a2) and Karel Šilhán (a1)...

Abstract

Complex flow-like landslides (CFLLs) are important geomorphic agents of Late Quaternary mountain evolution in the Flysch Belt of the Outer Western Carpathians. The CFLLs are characterised by the upper section of deep-seated, retrogressive landslide of structurally unfavourably oriented rocks and lower sections composed of earthflows originated due to liquefaction of material accumulated from the upper slopes. Radiocarbon dating of organic matter incorporated into landslide debris or related deposits suggests that most of the CFLLs collapsed repeatedly throughout the Holocene with typical recurrence intervals of approximately 1–2 ka. Catastrophic landslides that occurred during extreme hydrometeorological events in recent decades displayed evidence of Holocene activity. Most of the CFLLs dammed and steepened adjacent valleys. Our chronological dataset is biased by erosion of older landforms, but most of the dated reactivations correlate to regional increases in humidity identified by previous paleoenvironmetal studies.

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*Corresponding author. Fax: + 420 597 092 323. Recent address: Geological Survey of Austria,Neulinggasse 38, 1030 Vienna, Austria. E-mail address: tomas.panek@osu.cz (T. Pànek).
1 Recent address: Geological Survey of Austria, Neulinggasse 38, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

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Holocene reactivations of catastrophic complex flow-like landslides in the Flysch Carpathians (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

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