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Rock glaciers, Fletschhorn Area, Valais, Switzerland

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Entry ID

GGD287

Summary

This data set contains a total amount of 74 rock glaciers which were investigated in the Fletschhorn Area in the southern Swiss Alps during the summer of 1995. The thorough investigation included analysis of infrared air photographs; mapping of the rock glaciers; measurement of their aspect, slope and size; measurements of the water temperature of sources in the vicinity or at the snout of the rock glaciers; and analysis of the vegetation cover on the rock glaciers (species, coverage). The analysis of the above mentioned parameters revealed that 32 of the investigated rock glaciers are active, 21 show signs of inactivity (either due to decreasing ice content or due to dynamic stability), 27 are to be considered as fossil objects. The following parameters were measured and are included in the described data set-- location (longitude and latitude), elevation of the front [m asl], length [m], width [m], aspect, activity (active, inactive or fossil), source temperatures [C], and vegetation cover (covered, sporadic or none). These data are presented on the CAPS Version 1.0 CD-ROM, June 1998. Additional measurements (not included in the data set on the CD)-- Rock glacier type; Lithology; Analysis of the vegetations' composition (species, coverage in %); Special remarks.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 46.233°     S: 46.117°     E: 8.117°     W: 7.15°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Frauenfelder, R
Dataset Title: Rock glaciers, Fletschhorn Area, Valais, Switzerland
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/ggd287.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1995-01-01
Stop Date: 1995-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE SWITZERLAND FLETSCHHORN AREA, VALAIS, SOUTHERN SWISS ALPS

Science Keywords

  • Biosphere Vegetation Vegetation Cover
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Periglacial Processes
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Rock Glaciers

Ancillary Keywords

  • GIS
  • Hydrology
  • Mapping
  • Remote Sensing
  • Rock Glaciers
  • Topographic Survey
  • Vegetation

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
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Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
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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
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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

Regula Frauenfelder
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 41 1 635 5139
Fax: 41 4 635 6848
Email: rfelder@geo.unizh.ch
Contact Address:

  • University of Zurich
  • Department of Geography, Division for Physical
  • Winterthurerstr. 190

City: Zurich
Postal Code: CH-8057
Country: Switzerland

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

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

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