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Stegmann, Sylvia; Kopf, Achim J (2015): Grain-size distribution and frictional behaviour of sediment cores from the Nice Slope. PANGAEA, (unpublished dataset), Supplement to: Stegmann, S; Kopf, AJ (2014): How stable is the Nice slope? An analysis based on strength and cohesion from ring shear experiments. In: Krastel S et al. (eds.) Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences. Springer, Heidelberg, 189-200,

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The upper shelf of the landslide-prone Ligurian Margin (Western Mediterranean Sea) off Nice well-known for the 1979 Airport Landslide is a natural laboratory to study preconditioning factors and trigger mechanisms for submarine landslides. For this study low-stress ring shear experiments have been carried out on a variety of sediments from >50 gravity cores to characterise the velocity-dependent frictional behaviour. Mean values of the peak coefficient of friction vary from 0.46 for clay-dominated samples (53 % clay, 46 % silt, 1 %) sand up to 0.76 for coarse-grained sediments (26 % clay, 57 % silt, 17 % sand). The majority of the sediments tested show velocity strengthening regardless of the grain size distribution. For clayey sediments the peak and residual cohesive strength increases with increasing normal stress, with values from 1.3 to 10.6 kPa and up to 25 % of all strength supported by cohesive forces in the shallowmost samples. A pseudo-static slope stability analysis reveals that the different lithologies (even clay-rich material with clay content >=50 %) tested are stable up to slope angles <26° under quasi-drained conditions.
Median Latitude: 43.645088 * Median Longitude: 7.218824 * South-bound Latitude: 43.641330 * West-bound Longitude: 7.211000 * North-bound Latitude: 43.648350 * East-bound Longitude: 7.225680
Date/Time Start: 2009-06-27T09:15:22 * Date/Time End: 2012-04-05T10:56:00
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  1. Stegmann, S; Kopf, AJ (2015): Frictional behaviour of sediment cores from the Nice Slope.
  2. Stegmann, S; Kopf, AJ (2015): Grain-size distribution of sediment cores from the Nice Slope.