Andres Aslan

NEWS
4:08 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

On A Drive Around Grand Mesa A Geologist Explains Why It's Prone To Slide

The perimeter of the Grand Mesa is rimmed by landslides.
Laura Palmisano

May’s massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran claimed the lives of three men. 

Geologists I spoke to said landslides in western Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region are a normal occurrence because the earth is dynamic and erosion is happening all around us. 

To get a better understanding of why experts told me the nature of the flat-topped mountain is to slide, I took a drive on Grand Mesa with a geologist. 

I met Andres Aslan, a Colorado Mesa University professor and geologist, at the visitor center on the mesa. 

Read more