Glacitectonic Caves in the St. Lawrence Lowlands of Québec

  • Jacques SchroederEmail author
  • Michel Beaupré
  • Daniel Caron
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Even though glacitectonic features have been identified in the Montréal area since the 1960s, it is only more recently that their extent and characteristics have been analyzed in greater detail. Exploration and studies have revealed that glacitectonic caves, hundreds of meters long, formed in platform limestones. Two different cases study are briefly discussed: the St-Léonard caves on Montréal Island and the Beauport caves near Québec City. These studies confirm that the weight and displacement of active glaciers can have disturbing effects, including dislocation, folding or stress redistribution, on the underlying bedrock, extending at least a few tens of meters deep.


Glacitectonic Caves Geomorphology St. Leonard Beauport 



The authors wish to cheerfully thank Marc Durand for his pioneer work, Luc Le Blanc for his mapping work, and Mourad Djaballah for his dedication and patience in preparing the figures of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques Schroeder
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michel Beaupré
    • 2
  • Daniel Caron
    • 3
  1. 1.Département de Géographie, Université du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Hatch EngineeringMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Société québécoise de spéléologieMontréalCanada

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