(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Post-Little Ice Age patterned ground development on two Pyrenean proglacial areas : from deglaciation to periglaciation

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FEUILLET T. (1) ; MERCIER D. (1) ;
(1) Lab. Géolittomer, CNRS - UMR 6554 LETG, Univ., Nantes, FRANCE


This study aims to observe post-Little Ice Age glacier retreat and the constitutive patterned ground development at 2 French Pyrenean glacier forelands (Taillon Glacier and Pays Baché Glacier). Periglacial feature observations are associated with periods of deglaciation using aerial photos and archive files. It is highlighted that patterned ground can develop very rapidly, sometimes only 10 years after deglaciation, but patterned ground size does not systematically increase as a function of the time elapsed since deglaciation. All the forms, even those developing near the Little Ice Age moraines, are active. The AA. propose that the location, activity and size of patterned ground are more probably linked to drift characteristics and local wetness conditions than to the time elapsed since deglaciation


Article of periodic

published at : Geografiska annaler. Series A. Physical geography / ISSN 0435-3676 / CODEN GAPGAP

Editor : Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi, Stockholm - SUEDE (1965)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 94, no3 [pp. 363-376]

Bibliographic references : 51 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 2 tabl.




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