(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Characterising relict cryogenic macrostructures in mid-latitude areas of the USA with three-dimensional ground-penetrating radar

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

DOOLITTLE J. (1) ; NELSON F. (2) ;
(1) USDA-NRCS-NSSC, Pennsylvania, Newton, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Univ. of Delaware, Dep. of Geography, Newark, ETATS-UNIS


Relict cryogenic macrostructures have been described previously both within and outside the maximum extent of the Late Wisconsinan glacial border in many regions of the USA. The features were formed under climatic conditions associated with permafrost and periglacial conditions and provide evidence of climate change. In this study, buried relict cryogenic macrostructures were identified with Ground-penetrating Radar(GPR). On some two-dimensional GPR (2DGPR) records, boundaries with the host materials are indistinguishable or blurred resulting in the features being overlooked, misinterpreted and/or imprecisely delineated. Three-dimensional GPR (3D GPR) was able to delineate buried networks of sediment-filled wedges and provided more meaningful information than 2D radar records. When supplemented with adequate ground-truth observations, GPR offers considerable potential for imaging, interpreting and mapping near-surface cryogenic macrostructures in former periglacial environments


Article of periodic

published at : Permafrost and periglacial processes / ISSN 1045-6740 / CODEN PEPPED

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1990)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 20, no3 [pp. 257-268]

Bibliographic references : 1,5 p.

Collation : 8 fig., 1 tabl.



Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/ppp.644

Tous droits réservés © Prodig - Bibliographie Géographique Internationale (BGI), 2009
Refdoc record number (ud4) : 22073628 : Permanent link - XML version
Powered by Pxxo