Rockslides and Rock Avalanches of Central Asia: Distribution, Impacts, and Hazard Assessment arms scientists with an inclusive and specialized reference for future studies of large-scale bedrock landslides in Central Asia, a phenomenon that poses a major threat to local communities, infrastructure and industrial facilities. The book covers the Dzungaria, Tien Shan, and Pamir mountain systems that are characterized by arid climates and scarce forestation, and is an ideal reference for scientists searching for data that accurately summarizes bedrock landslides through the analyses of a multitude of case studies that have applications in comparable, global scenarios.
Through its relatively low precipitation and good preservation of minor geomorphic features, particularly those formed by past landslides, this region provides opportunities for detailed study of the internal structure of landslide bodies.
- Summarizes the present-day knowledge of bedrock landslide distribution in the Dzungaria, Tien Shan and Pamir mountains
- Describes case studies illustrating both general characteristics of large bedrock landslides and other specific features, allowing comparative analysis of numerous case studies
- Presents the classification of bedrock landslides and related models based on deposits, morphology and internal structures that can be applied to global locations
1. Introduction 2. Overview of the Study Region 3. Spatial and Size Distribution of Bedrock Landslides 4. Bedrock Landslides Classification Based on the Deposits 5. Internal Structure and Grain-Size Composition of Large-Scale Bedrock Landslides 6. Rockslides' (Rock Avalanches') Emplacement Mechanism Models Based on the Deposits Morphology and Internal Structure Analysis 7. Rockslide Dams
Origin, Evolution, and Failure 8. Evidence of Slope Instabilities
Potential of Future Large-Scale Slope Failures 9. Conclusions 10. References 11. Index
Dr. Alexander Strom is the Chief expert of the Geodynamics Research Center - branch of JSC "Hydroproject Institute", Moscow, Russia. He has performed geological and paleoseismological investigations for hydraulic schemes in the Naryn, Kokomeren, Vakhsh, Gunt, Sarydjaz, and Charyn River valleys in the Tien Shan and Pamir for more than 40 years. He participated in a number of international research projects, including the International Working Group on Natural Hazards in the Tien Shan among others.
Dr. Kanatbek Abdrakhmatov is the Director of the Kyrgyz Institute of Seismology of National Academy of Sciences in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has performed neotectonic and seismotectonic investigations in various parts of the Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for more than 40 years. He participated in a number of international research projects including the International Working Group on Natural Hazards in the Tien Shan, among others.