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Research article
08 Sep 2023
Research article |  | 08 Sep 2023

The concept of event-size-dependent exhaustion and its application to paraglacial rockslides

Stefan Hergarten

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Rockslides are a major hazard in mountainous regions. In formerly glaciated regions, the disposition mainly arises from oversteepened topography and decreases through time. However, little is known about this decrease and thus about the present-day hazard of huge, potentially catastrophic rockslides. This paper presents a new theoretical framework that explains the decrease in maximum rockslide size through time and predicts the present-day frequency of large rockslides for the European Alps.
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