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What is the difference between a landslide and an avalanche?

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A landslide involves the movement of large volumes of unstable earth down an incline (e.g. a hill or mountainside). It can be caused by a number of phenomena, including seismic activity (i.e. earthquakes), erosion, prolonged drought, rainfall (typically resulting in a specific subset of landslide called the mudslide), poor soil management, or other factors.

By contrast, an avalanche is the movement of large volumes of snow. It can be caused by vibrations from seismic activity or, in extreme situations, loud sounds as well as by any disruption to the snow (e.g. removing a portion of the snow with a snow plow).
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