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SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL/Mesa County Sheriff’s Office—Oil and gas facilities are shown in an aerial photo next to the massive landslide that surged down West Salt Creek south of Collbran. The flow, which occurred May 25, was described as “liquid concrete” by one engineer and was estimated to be 30 feet deep in some areas.


The size of the landslide that took three lives this spring on the north side of Grand Mesa was remarkable in the relatively recent history of the mountain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
A research project headed by Jeff Coe, a research geologist who has studied landslides elsewhere in Colorado and around the world, found that the slide moved in at least five phases when it ran down from the top of the mesa at a speed of about 50 mph on May 25.

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