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Periglacial processes on Heard Island, Southern Indian Ocean

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Kiernan, K and McConnell, A (2008) Periglacial processes on Heard Island, Southern Indian Ocean. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 142 (2). pp. 1-12. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Periglacial activity on Heard Island is manifested by intense physical weathering of the longest-exposed surfaces, and hillslope forms produced by a variety of cold-climate mass wasting processes. Microrelieffeatures include rudimentary sorted steps, terraces and polygons. No evidence of deep cryoturbation was obtained from excavations at 14 sites in moraines and no landforms indicative of discontinuous permafrost were identified. Periglacial landform development has been inhibited by the maritime climate and is more restricted than on other islands in the region due to the low altitude of the ice-free terrain, limited extent of glacier-free ground, and relatively recent deglaciation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: periglacial processes, cryoturbation, frost action, sorted polygons, sorted terraces, climatic warming.
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 1-12
ISSN: 0080-4703
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 02:22
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:12
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/10097
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