Large roots dominate the contribution of trees to slope stability

Filippo Giadrossich, Denis Cohen, Massimiliano Schwarz, Antonio Ganga, Roberto Marrosu, Mario Pirastru & Gian Franco Capra
Tree roots provide surface erosion protection and improve slope stability through highly complex interactions with the soil due to the nature of root systems. Root reinforcement estimation is usually performed by in situ pullout tests, in which roots are pulled out of the soil to reliably estimate the root strength of compact soils. However, this test is not suitable for the scenario where a soil progressively fails in a series of slump blocks – for...
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