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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

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
  • Frozen Ground > Rock Glaciers
  • Snow/Ice > Snow/Ice Temperature
  • Frozen Ground > Soil Temperature
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Marcia Phillips

Data Citation

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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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