RockTalk: Rockfall in Colorado


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Citation: Colorado Geological Survey. “RockTalk V11N02, Winter 2008 - Rockfall in Colorado.” RockTalk, Winter 2008.


This edition of RockTalk addresses rockfall hazards within Colorado and how mitigation efforts can lessen the effect of these rockfalls. Digital PDF download. RT-11-02D

From the Introduction:

Random Acts of Gravity? When Rockfall Happens

Gravity never sleeps in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains! Gravity’s constant pull is actively operating on rocks high on steep slopes.When these rocks (both large and small) become destabilized, gravity causes them to roll, slide, or fall onto adjacent valley floors. When people, buildings, vehicles, or highways are in the path, these rockfall events can lead to tragedy — property loss, personal injury, or even loss of life.