Rockglacier Taxonomy

  • Dietrich Barsch
Part of the Springer Series in Physical Environment book series (SSPENV, volume 16)


According to the definitions in the foregoing chapters, active rockglaciers are the visible expression of the creep of supersaturated mountain permafrost. The process combination which leads to the formation of an active rockglacier is controlled by thermal boundaries that allow the formation of ice-rich permafrost in unconsolidated materials in mountain terrain. Material properties (ice type, etc.) are clearly of minor importance. A taxonomy or a classification of rockglacier types has, therefore, to follow certain rules: it should avoid unnecessary genetic and material complications, it should not contain special hypotheses, and it should be descriptive and easily applicable.


Debris Flow Surface Relief Avalanche Rock Lateral Moraine Rock Glacier 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietrich Barsch
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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