Thursday, February 28, 2013

Arizona landslide cited as evidence of coming doomsday

It seems like every natural disaster, geologic activity, or extreme weather event is the basis for someone to forecast the end of the world.    Last week's Bitter Springs landslide along highway US 89 in northern Arizona is being touted as evidence for a global collapse of the earth's crust.   

Never mind that this looks to be a shallow seated landslide recurring in an ancient (Quaternary-aged) slide complex. 

In my humble professional opinion, this landslide is not presaging any global catastrophe, although it is effectively a catastrophe for everyone trying to travel across the region.

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