Robinson, Edward; Laughton, D.V.
Geography and Geology; Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
Burlington and Jupiter landslides, Rio Grande valley: Comparison with Millbank landslide as examples of processes producing natural dams
Natural hazards and hazard management in the Greater Caribbean and Latin America: Proceedings of the Second Caribbean Conference on Natural Hazards and Disasters
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9-12 October, 1996
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Unit for Disaster Studies, University of the West Indies.
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Two large, presumably prehistoric landslides in the Rio Grande valley are those at Burlington, at the mouth of the Rio Grande, and at Jupiter, near Moore Town. Both these slides are considerably larger than the landslide that blocked the Rio Grande at Millbank in 1937, impounding a lake. The paper reviews some aspects of the Millbank slide, records preliminary observations of the Jupiter landslide, and briefly describes the Burlington slide. A comparison suggests that the Jupiter landslide is similar in form to, and has developed over the same geological units as the Millbank slide. Although presumed to be prehistoric, its geomorphology suggests that it is of comparatively recent origin, and the nature of the debris indicates that more than one event was involved. Debris from one of the more recent events extends across the valley floor, with appreciable run-up on the opposite side of the valley from which the slide originated.....