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Does anyone know where I can find some practical refences, guidance etc on landslides prevention and mitigation?  I am looking for some relatively cheap means of stabilizing earth in a third-world country  with a volcanic origin.

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Probably the best book I have seen is TRRL's Overseas Research Note 16 entitled Principals of Low Cost Road Engieering in Mountainous Terrain (1997).  It is a good book showing low cost solutions to retwalls, drainage for slopes, etc.  Also ORN 14 - Hydrological Design Manual for Slope Stability in the Tropics (1997).  I was able to download these but apologise in that I don't have the URL.  You can try trhough www.trl.co.uk  or get a whole list of their publications (ORN series not in list) at  www.trl.co.uk/pdf/Publications%20Catalogue.pdf .

Also you can get Transportation Research Boards Special Publications 176 (year 1978) (Landslides - Analyses and ???) and No 247 (year 1996) "Landslides - Investigations and mitigation."

India also has some books/codes of practice, etc.  Example Indian Roads Congress SP-48 Hill Road Manual (1998).  Also their Highway Research Board Special Report 16 (1996) Landslide Corrective Techniques.

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