Roche Moutonnee Landscape, Saracen Stone Landscape
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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).
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