Man Captures Incredible Footage Of Mountain Collapse
Lloyd Cotsen was in Zuma Beach in Malibu, California when he inadvertently filmed a quite extraordinary mountain collapse at Point Dume that extended into an adjacent parking lot. No injuries were reported from the March 25 incident.
Lloyd, who had actually intended to film whales that day, described the scene to Storyful: “I was just waiting with my friends who were loading up their paddle boards and noticed the “dirt waterfall”. So, I turned my camera on it just while I was talking to my friends. If they had left sooner, I would have missed it."
Nicole Mooradian of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, which owns and manages the parking lot adjacent to where the slope failure occurred, told Storyful that, “after the slope failed, we closed a portion of the parking lot to ensure the safety of our beach patrons. We have since reopened the parking lot.”
A similar incident was recorded in Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province in China on July 10, when a huge chunk of clay and rock breaks away and crashes off the side of the mountain, after a season of heavy rain has hit the country.
We all know that we are fighting a war against time to save our planet. Ecologists are warning us every day that our planet is dying, and it is all our fault. We hear stories about the rise of the ocean levels due to climate change, we read about PM10 and PM2.5 particles in the atmosphere, about floating islands of trash in the middle of our oceans, about holes in the ozone layers. But it doesn’t really get to us.
Civilization has grown a lot in the past few centuries. We’ve managed to evolve from being nomads to flocking just one place and creating traditions that last centuries. The new millenium found us living in concrete jungles, totally unaware of what is happening in the world around us. We hear the warnings but we don’t really understand what they mean. It almost looks like it’s happening to someone else living on a planet far, far away.
The expansion of humankind is inevitably the downfall of nature. We constantly tear down ecosystems so that we can build our own, eradicating whole species in the blink of an eye. The animals living in these areas are forced to live inside of our system, or perish.
One of the greatest problems however, is deforestation. The trees might give us oxygen, but they also keep our soil in one place. The cutting down of trees makes for fewer roots in the ground which means that the earth can move freely wherever it wants. Less trees means that the soil can turn arid without the roots pulling nutrients from the depths of the earth, and eventually become a desert.
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