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GGD291

Rock glacier inventory, Printse Valley, Valais, Switzerland, Version 1

The Printse Valley is a 16-km-long north-orientated basin. The south-part (summits at 300 m asl) is glacierized. The intermediate sector, more continental, is very rich in rock glaciers. We have inventoried 46 rock glaciers. A second sector is the south-orientated basin of Louvie, in which we have inventoried 25 rock glaciers. For each rock glacier a file exists with different characteristics like orientation, width, length, elevation of the spring and the front, type of form, type of material, activity, lithology, etc. Measurements of spring temperatures and BTS (Bottom temperature under snow cover) exist for some rock glaciers, especially in the Tortin zone (see maps). Data collected during 1992 and 1997. These data are presented on the CAPS Version 1.0 CD-ROM, June 1998.

Geographic Coverage

Parameter(s):
  • Frozen Ground > Rock Glaciers
  • Snow/Ice > Snow/Ice Temperature
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 46.167, S: 46.033, E: 7.367, W: 7.267

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1992 to 31 December 1997
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Emmanuel Reynard, Sonia Morand
Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Reynard, E. and S.Morand 1998. Rock glacier inventory, Printse Valley, Valais, Switzerland, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].

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This data set was first published on the 1998 CAPS CD.
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Detailed Data Description

Geographic extent

Study site: Printse Valley and Louvie Basin, Penninic Alps, Switzerland

Northwestern latitude 46 10' N
Northwestern longitude 7 16' E
Southeastern latitude 46 02' N
Southeastern longitude 7 22' E

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Period of investigation

1992, 1997

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Description

The Printse Valley is a 16 kilometre long north-oriented basin. The south-part (summits at 3300 m a.s.l.) is glacierized. The intermediate sector, more continental, is very rich in rock glaciers. We have inventoried 46 rock glaciers. A second sector is the south-oriented basin of Louvie, in which we have inventoried 25 rock glaciers. For each rock glacier there is a file containing orientation, width, length, elevation of the spring and the front, type of form, type of material, activity, lithology, etc. Measurements of spring temperatures and BTS (Bottom temperature under snow cover) exist for some rock glaciers, especially in the Tortin zone (see maps).

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Current storage of data

The inventory is stored on electronic file (Filemaker Pro 2.0 for Macintosh) and on paper. The data are not at risk of being lost, as they are held at:

University of Lausanne, Institute of Geography
BFSH 2
CH - 1015 Lausanne

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References and Related Publications

Contacts and Acknowledgments

Emmanuel Reynard
Christophe Lambiel
Laurent Wenker

Document Information

Please cite these data as follows:

Reynard, E., Lambiel, C., and Wenker, L. 1998. Rock glaciers, Printse Valley, Valais, Switzerland. In: International Permafrost Association, Data and Information Working Group, comp. Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS), version 1.0. CD-ROM available from National Snow and Ice Data Center, nsidc@kryos.colorado.edu. Boulder, Colorado: NSIDC, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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