(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Rock glacier activity in the Retezat Mountains, Southern Carpathians, Romania

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Fac. of Geography, Univ., Bucarest, ROUMANIE
(2) Geography Dep., West Univ., Timişoara, ROUMANIE


Thermal conditions in seven rock glaciers (RGs) in the Retezat Mountains were examined using ground surface temperature, the bottom temperature of snow (BTS) and late-summer water temperature at springs. RG activity is suggested based on BTS values and the mean annual surface temperature. The lower altitudinal limits for permafrost occurrence and the activity of RGs were found to be at 2000 m and 2100 m asl, respectively. The two highest and most active RGs are younger than 8 ka and developed following a cold climate event at 8.2 ka when a last isolated glacial episode occurred in their hosting cirques, while the remaining RGs date from 11.5-8.7 ka. Calculated rockwall denudation rates to produce these forms range from 0.8-1.1 mm/yr


Article of periodic

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

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

Millesime : 2012, vol. 23, no2 [pp. 127-137]

Bibliographic references : 35 ref.

Collation : 11 fig., 2 tabl.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/ppp.1736

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