Canine Tooth-Shaped Ridge-Type Granite Landscape – Laoshan Type
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This granite landscape looks like rows of canine tooth-like peaks on the narrow and elongated ridges. They are characterised by small jagged peaks along the ridge, which are sharp-edged, rugged and exist in groups. They are a typical landscape that are formed by congelifraction with associated disintegration and erosion. Some researchers believe that during the Quaternary, glacial activity occurred in the mountains in Laoshan and formed this landscape, which includes aretes and horns. The issue of Quaternary glacial activity in eastern China is still controversial. However, Laoshan experienced extensive congelifraction processes. The climatic variation between northern and southern China as well as the elevation difference of granite outcrops are the determining factors for the formation of different granite landscapes. The Laoshan Scenic Area is a typical canine tooth-shaped ridge-type granite landscape (Fig. 6).
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