Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Roche Moutonnee Landscape, Saracen Stone Landscape

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2091
This is also known as a goat’s forehead landscape. A roche moutonnee is a product of glacial abrasion and plucking, which causes the moulding of hard homogeneous rocks that project above the general level and appear as a goat’s back or forehead. A roche moutonnee is oval in map view, and the long axis is parallel to the direction of glacial movement. The slopes on the two sides are not symmetrical; the upstream side is gentle with a polished surface, but the downstream side is steeper and rougher with fractured rocks. The shape of a roche moutonnee is indicative of the glacier’s movement direction (Fig. 14).
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020