(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1982)

Document title

Particle size, shape, and load in a cold and a temperate valley glacier

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A comparison is made of silt particle size and shape, and of boulders, from supraglacial englacial and subglacial locations of Roslin Gletscher in east Greenland, Findelengletscher in Switzerland and fragments of laboratory ground sandstone. Particle roundness increases as size decreases in each zone of both glaciers and similarly for silt and boulders from the supraglacial to the subglacial zone. Elongation expressed as width to lenght ratio has a mean value of 0.67 0.17 which persists through a wide range of silt and boulder sizes. Crushing into smaller pieces, rather than the removal of asperities is postulated as the dominant process of glacial erosion. Sediment loads are given for the glacial streams.


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of Glaciology Cambridge

Editor :

Millesime : 1982, vol. 2 [pp. 39-44]

Bibliographic references : 9 réf.



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