(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Supra-glacial deposition and flux of catastrophic rock–slope failure debris, south-central Alaska

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

UHLMANN M. (1) ; KORUP O. (2) ; HUGGEL C. (1) ; FISCHER L. (3) ; KARGEL J.S. (4) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Univ., Zürich, SUISSE
(2) Inst. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Potsdam, ALLEMAGNE
(3) Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), Trondheim, NORVEGE
(4) Dept. of Hydrology and Water Resources, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, ETATS-UNIS


The AA. present an unprecedented regional-scale inventory of supra-glacial sediment flux and hillslope erosion rates inferred from an analysis of 123 large catastrophic bedrock landslides that fell onto glaciers in the Chugach Mountains, Alaska, as documented by satellite images obtained between 1972 to 2008. Assuming these supra-glacial landslide deposits to be passive strain markers they infer minimum decadal-scale sediment yields for a given glacier-surface cross-section impacted by episodic rock-slope failure. These rates compare to reported fluvial sediment yields in many mountain rivers, but are an order of magnitude below the extreme sediment yields measured at the snouts of Alaskan glaciers, indicating that the bulk of debris discharged derives from en-glacial, sub-glacial or ice-proximal sources. The inferred rates of hillslope erosion in the Chugach Mountains remain an order of magnitude below the pace of extremely rapid glacial sediment export and glacio-isostatic surface uplift previously reported from the region


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 38, no7 [pp. 675-682]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 8 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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