Rock glaciers in the Pyrenees, Spain and France

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Entry ID

GGD285

Summary

This study and inventory of active rock glaciers was carried out by means of the usual techniques used in the study of alpine permafrost. First, the rock glaciers were located by means of aerial photography and field work. Second, a detailed geomorphological map was prepared, to detect the active processes in each rock glacier. This includes geotransect and surface analysis (clast roundness, clast forms, particle orientation and lichenometric measurements). Third, complementary measurements (water temperature and BTS [bottom temperature of snow] measurements) were carried out. These three studies allowed us to determine the activity or inactivity of previously detailed landforms, and to classify them as active, inactive, or relict rock glaciers. The external landforms, frontal slope, vertical organization, flow forms, absence of lichens and the descriptive parameters of rock glaciers allowed us to classify them as relict or active ones. On the Besiberri, Gemelos, and Argualas rock glaciers we have carried out photogrammetric studies, and on the Argualas rock glacier we carried out a topographic survey from 1991 and also geoelectric soundings (San Jose et al. 1992; Serrano et al. 1995; Fabre et al. 1995). These data are presented on the CAPS Version 1.0 CD-ROM, June 1998.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 42.833°     S: 42.333°     E: 0.917°     W: -0.333°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Martinez de Pison, E., J. Lopez-Martinez, J.J. Duran
Dataset Title: Rock glaciers in the Pyrenees, Spain and France
Dataset Release Date: 1998-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/ggd285.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1990-01-01
Stop Date: 1997-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT EUROPE SOUTHERN EUROPE SPAIN FRANCE, SPAIN
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE FRANCE PYRENEES, SPAIN AND FRANCE

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow/Ice Temperature
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers

Ancillary Keywords

  • BTS Measurements
  • Mapping
  • Remote Sensing
  • Rock Glaciers
  • Topographic Survey

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Frozen Ground Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/fgdc/

Data Center Personnel

Name: FGDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Personnel

Eduardo Martinez de Pison
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 34 1 397 4513
Email: emartinez@uam.es
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dpto. Geografia
  • ERHIN Program, D.G.O.H., Environment National Ministry
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Jeronimo Lopez-Martinez
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 34 1 3974513
Fax: 43 1 397490
Email: Jeronimo.Lopez@uam.es
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Dipartmento Quimica Agricola, Geologia y Geoquimica
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Miguel Arenillas
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dpto. Geografia
  • ERHIN Program, D.G.O.H., Environment National Ministry
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Isidro Cantarino
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dpto. Geografia
  • ERHIN Program, D.G.O.H., Environment National Ministry
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Francisco Garcia
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dpto. Geografia
  • ERHIN Program, D.G.O.H., Environment National Ministry
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Ramior Martinez
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dpto. Geografia
  • ERHIN Program, D.G.O.H., Environment National Ministry
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Jose Navarro
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dpto. Geografia
  • ERHIN Program, D.G.O.H., Environment National Ministry
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Alfonso Pedrero
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Dpto. Geografia
  • ERHIN Program, D.G.O.H., Environment National Ministry
  • Cantoblanco

City: Madrid
Postal Code: 28049
Country: Spain

Reference

AGUDO, C., SERRANO, E., MARTINEZ DE PISON, E.(1990).-'El glaciar rocoso activo de los Gemelos en el Macizo del Posets (Pirineo Aragones)'. Cuaternario y Geomorfologa. vol. 3, nr 1-4:83-91. In Spanish, abstract in English.

ANGELY, A.G.(1967).-'Anciens glaciers dans l'est des Pyrenees centrales'. Revue Geographique des Pyrenees et du Sud Ouest, 38(1): 5-28. In French. CAZENAVE-PIARROT, F., TIHAY, J.P. (1986).-'Glaciers rocheaux dans les Pyrenees Centrales et Occidentales'. Communication a la Societ Hydrotechnique de France (section Glaciologie), Paris, 8p. In French.

FABRE, D.; GARCIA, F.; EVIN, M.; MARTINEZ, R.; SERRANO, E. ASSIER, A.; SMIRAGLIA, C.(1995).- Structure interne du glacier rocheux actif de las Argualas (Pyrenes aragonaises, Espagne). La Houille Blanche, nr 5-6:144-147. In French, abstract in English.

HAMILTON, (1988).-'The development, age and present status of a rock glacier in the Posets Massif, Spanish Pyrenees'.Pirineos, 131:43-56.

MARTI, M.; SERRAT, D.(1995). Les glaceres rocalloses pirinenques. Terra, n 25, vol. 10:24-34.

MARTINEZ DE PISON, E.; ARENILLAS, M.(1988).- 'Los Glaciares actuales del Pirineo Espanol'. En La nieve en el Pirineo espanol, M.O.P.U., Madrid:29-98.In Spanish, abstract in English

MARTINEZ DE PISON , E.; ARENILLAS, M.; MARTINEZ, R.(1992).- El estado de los glaciares espanoles en 1991. Era 28:176-182. In Spanish.

MARTINEZ DE PISON , E.; NAVARRO, P.; ; MARTINEZ, I.; CANTARINO, I.; PEDRERO, A. ARENILLAS, M.(1995).- Observaciones morfologicas sobre la evolucion de los glaciares del Pirineo espanol entre 1982 y 1993. La nieve en las Cordilleras espanolas. M.O.P.T.M.A., Madrid:253-281.In Spanish.

SAN JOSE; SERRANO, E.; SILIO, F.; AGUDO, C.(1992). Auscultacion topografica y fotogrametrica del Glaciar rocoso de las Argualas (Pirineo aragones): datos preliminares. Estudios de Geomorfologia en Espana. II Reunion nacional de Geomorfologia, S.E.G. Universidad de Murcia, Murcia:422-431.In Spanish, abstract in English.

SERRANO, E.(1991).- Glacial evolution of the Upper Gallego valley (Panticosa mountains and Ribera de Biescas, aragonese Pyrenees, Spain). Pirineos, 138:83-104.

SERRANO, E.(1996).- Lineas de equilibrio glaciar, glaciares rocosos y paleoambiente postglaciar en la alta montaa pirenaica (Macizo de Panticosa, Pirineo aragones). Perez, A.; Martini, W; Chesworth, W.; Martinez, A.(eds.) Dinamica y evolucion de medios cuaternarios. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela:157-170. In Spanish, abstract in English.

SERRANO, E., RUBIO, V.(1989).-'El glaciar rocoso activo de las Argualas (Pirineo Aragones)'. Eria, n 19-20:195-198.In Spanish.

SERRANO, E. MARTINEZ DE PISON, E.; MARTINEZ, R.; CANTARINO, I.; NAVARRO, J.(1991).- El glaciar noroccidental del Besiberri (Pirineo de Lerida). Pirineos, 137:95-109.


In Spanish, abstract in English. SERRANO, E.; MARTINEZ DE PISON, E.(1994).- Geomorfologia y evolucion glaciar en el Pirineo aragones oriental. En Garca Ruiz y Mart Bono (eds.) El glaciarismo surpirenaico: nuevas aportaciones. Geoforma ediciones, Logroo:33-64. In Spanish.


SERRANO, E.; SAN JOSE, J.J.; SILIO, F.; AGUDO, C.(1995). Movimiento superficial del glaciar rocoso de las Argualas. Pirineos, 145-146:103-110. In Spanish, abstract in English.


SERRANO, E.; AGUDO, C.(1997). Los glaciares rocosos activos del Pirineo aragones: inventario, dinamica actual y clasificacion. Informe Consejo de Proteccion de los glaciares, Direccion General del Medio Natural, Gobierno de Aragon. Unpublished. In spanish.

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Metadata Version: 9.7

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DIF Creation Date: 1998-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-08-29

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