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Nisene Marks Landslide 🍃🌲 EarthCache

Hidden : 11/14/2015
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Size: Size:   large (large)

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Geocache Description:

This Earthcache is hidden along Aptos Creek Trail. Access to the area involves a lengthy uphill hike. Make sure you bring plenty of water and are in good physical condition before attempting. This earthcache, while located near a cliff, can be seen from a safe distance along the trail. Be careful not to step too near the cliff.

A landslide, also known as a landslip, is a geological phenomenon that includes a wide range of ground movements, such as rockfalls, deep failure of slopes and shallow debris flows. Landslides can occur in offshore, coastal and onshore environments. Although the action of gravity is the primary driving force for a landslide to occur, there are other contributing factors affecting the original slope stability. Typically, pre-conditional factors build up specific sub-surface conditions that make the area/slope prone to failure, whereas the actual landslide often requires a trigger before being released.

From the posted coordinates you should see a beautiful view North-west from the trail. Amongst all the green (depending on the season) you should be able to see a prime example of a nice sized landslide. There are many different types of landslides. They are as follows:

To log this Earthcache, send me an email with the following information. Please do not post the answers in your log.
1. Nisene Marks Landslide - GC66XNX
2. Based off the image above, what type of landslide do you see from the posted coordinates?
3. Estimate how far away this geological feature is from where you are standing.
4. As mentioned above, landslides often require a trigger to occur. What do you think most likely caused this landslide?

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