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GGD289

Rock glacier inventory, Hautes Alpes Calcaires, Switzerland, Version 1

The Hautes Alpes Calcaires is a limestone range in the northern part of the Rhone Valley (Switzerland). It is characterized by a transitional climate between the wet Prealpes (precipitations = 1500 mm per year at 1000 m asl) and the central part of Valais (750 mm per year at 1000 m asl) and a contrasted morphology, with high limestone cliffs alternating with schists. For each rock glacier a file exists with different characteristics such as 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 for the Cabane des Diablerets Rock Glacier, on which several temperature measurements (under the snow cover (BTS) and in the soil (mini-loggers)) and snow profiles have been carried out. A modelled map of the permafrost distribution has also been prepared for this sector (see map). The inventory is not complete. Data provided on the CAPS Version 1.0 CD-ROM, June 1998, are for Morcles and Chavalard Range, Diablerets Range, Wildhorn Range. Data collected during 1992 and 1997.

Geographic Coverage

Parameter(s):
  • Frozen Ground > Rock Glaciers
  • Snow/Ice > Snow/Ice Temperature
  • Frozen Ground > Soil Temperature
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 46.417, S: 46.133, E: 7.6, W: 7.033

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): Marcia Phillips
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.

Phillips, M 1998. Rock glacier inventory, Hautes Alpes Calcaires, 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.
The text for this document was taken unchanged from that CD.

Detailed Data Description

Geographic extent

Study site:

Hautes Alpes Calcaires, Helvetic Alps, Switzerland

Northwestern latitude 46 25' N
Northwestern longitude 7 02' E
Southeastern latitude 46 08' N
Southeastern longitude 7 36' E

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Period of investigation

1992, 1997

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Description

The Hautes Alpes Calcaires is a limestone range in the northern part of the Rhone Valley (Switzerland). It is caracterized by a transitional climate between the wet Prealpes (precipitation = 1500 mm per year at 1000 m a.s.l.) and the central part of Valais (750 mm per year at 1000 m a.s.l.) and a contrasted morphology, with high limestone cliffs alternating with schists. For each rock glacier a file exists with different characteristics such as 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 for the Cabane des Diablerets Rock Glacier, on which several temperature measurements (under the snow cover (BTS) and in the soil (mini-loggers)) and snow profiles have been carried out. The inventory is not complete.

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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.

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

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Document Information

Please cite these data as follows:

Phillips, M., Reynard, E., and Wenker, L. 1998. Rock glacier inventory, Haute Alpes Calcaires, 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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