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10:56 Feb 16, 2007
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English to French translations [PRO] Science - Geology / catastrophes naturelles en Californie du Sud
English term or phrase:"the fire-flood sequence"
"An especially effective recipe for debris flows is intense rainfall over areas in which vegetation has been destroyed by wildfire. Such fires not only expose loose soil but may also produce a water-repellent (hydrophobic) soil layer; these effects together promote erosion and transport of sediment as debris flows. This pattern, termed the ***"fire-flood sequence"***, triggered a number of disastrous debris flows causing loss of life and severe property damage in southern California when large autumn fires were followed by heavy winter storms."