rock fall

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rock fall The detachment of rock masses of variable size from a steep slope or cliff and their descent, chiefly through the air, by free fall, bounding, or rolling. Movement is very rapid. It is normally caused by weathering, or by the undercutting of a steep slope by fluvial or marine processes.

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