Reconstruction of the History of the Palliser Rockslide based on 36Cl Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclide Dating and Debris Volume Estimations

This paper presents the results of a combined study, using cosmogenic 36Cl exposure dating and terrestrial digital photogrammetry of the Palliser Rockslide located in the southeastern Canadian Rocky Mountains. This site is particularly well-suited to demonstrate how this multi-disciplinary approach can be used to differentiate distinct rocksliding events, estimate their volume, and establish their chronology and recurrence interval. Observations suggest that rocksliding has been ongoing since the late Pleistocene deglaciation. Two major rockslide events have been dated at 10.0±1.2kyr and 7.7±0.8kyr before present, with failure volumes of 40 and 8Mm3, respectively. The results have important implications concerning our understanding of the temporal distribution of paraglacial rockslides and rock avalanches; they provide a better understanding of the volumes and failure mechanisms of recurrent failure events; and they represent the first absolute ages of a prehistoric high-magnitude event in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Sturzenegger, M., D. Stead, J. Gosse, et al. 2015. “Reconstruction of the History of the Palliser Rockslide based on 36Cl Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclide Dating and Debris Volume Estimations.” Landslides 12: 1097. doi:10.1007/s10346-014-0527-4

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