debris flow

A mixture of water-saturated rock debris that flows downslope under the force of gravity (also called lahar or mudflow).
A type of mass flow comprising a dense, cohesive, flowing mixture of sediment (mud through boulder sized materials, generally >50% by volume), water, and commonly, organic debris. Debris flows generally move downslope in laminar fashion due to the force of gravity (Vallance, 2000, p. 601; Carey, 2000, p. 627). Debris flows generated at volcanoes are commonly referred to as lahars.

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