Landslides within the Stavnic catchment
Keywords:Central Moldavian Plateau, land degradation, landslides
Located in the Central Moldavian Plateau the Stavnic catchment is 21,340 ha in area and is drained by a left tributary of the Bârlad River in length of 53 km. This area shows a high favorability to the land degradation processes (erosion and mass movements) that represents a major threat to the environment.Soil erosion is omnipresent, but landslides are the most important degradation process with significant impact on the evolution and changing of the natural environment configuration, through the damages caused and the affected areas.Based on the field and laboratory data (office) it was noticed that landslides covers 56% of the Stavnic catchment, respectively 12,006 ha. Most of the landslides (97%) are stabilized and the active ones represent almost exclusively reactivation of the old diluvium, and occupy a small area.