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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B53/S21.061

THE IMPACT OF THE LANDSLIDES ON LAND USE AND LIVING STANDARDS IN TARNAVA MICA HILLS

R.n Rusu, G. Rosian, S. Dezsi, A. Badarau
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-19-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 3, 463-470 pp

ABSTRACT
Geomorphological processes like landslides affect especially agricultural lands in
different units of the Transylvanian Basin. They determine a decrease of the value of lands that may be used for agriculture. In most cases, in Transylvanian rural areas, agriculture is the main economic activity, which provides the necessary resources for everyday life. Within the Transylvanian Basin, a specific situation is registered in Târnava Mică Hills. In certain communes of this region, landslides affect 20-30% of the administrative unit area. One may remark communes like Şona and Fărău in Alba County as the most affected ones. As the lands altered by landslides are mainly agricultural ones (arable lands, grasslands, hay fields) and agriculture plays a key role in these rural communities, the living standards in lower in these communes. This paper tries to establish several correlations between the areas affected by landslides, the land uses and the living standards in several communes where landslides occur compared to other neighbouring communes where such geomorphological processes do not exist or have a minimal impact.

Keywords: landslides, land use, living standards, Transylvanian Basin, Târnava Mică Hills.