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Data Set ID:
GGD292

Rock glaciers, Prealps, Vaud, Switzerland, Version 1

The investigated area forms part of the western lobe of the Prealps (Swiss Prealps). The 25 identified fossil rock glaciers are found mainly in the Prealpes medianes rigides Nappe and the Niesen Nappe, at altitudes of 1500 to 2100 m. They represent at least three generations of fossil periglacial forms of late-glacial age (older than Balling), at about 1200, 950, and 700 m below today's permafrost boundary, respectively. These fossil features are related to glacial stages and form part of a detailed late-glacial morphostratigraphy. Information stored in a file includes: orientation, elevation of the source and the front, area, type of form, type of material, lithology, generation. These data are presented on the CAPS Version 1.0 CD- ROM, June 1998.

Geographic Coverage

Parameter(s):
  • Land Records > Glaciation
  • Frozen Ground > Periglacial Processes > Paleo-Permafrost
  • Frozen Ground > Rock Glaciers
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 46.467, S: 46.3, E: 7.217, W: 7

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1990 to 31 December 1995
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Philippe Schoeneich, Laurent Wenker, Christophe Lambiel
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.

Schoeneich, P., C. Lambiel, and L .Wenker 1998. Rock glaciers, Prealps, Vaud, 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 location

Pierreuse, Etivaz, Hongrin and Ormonts valleys, Prealps, Switzerland

Northwestern latitude 46 28' N
Northwestern longitude 7 00' E
Southeastern latitude 46 18' N
Southeastern longitude 7 13' E

Period of investigation

1990-1995

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Description

The investigated area forms part of the western lobe of the Swiss Prealps. The 25 identified fossil rock glaciers are found mainly in the Prealpes Medianes Rigides Nappe and the Niesen Nappe, at altitudes of 1500 to 2100 m. They represent at least 3 generations of fossil periglacial forms of late-glacial age (older than Boelling), at about 1200, 950 and 700 m, respectively, below today's permafrost boundary. These fossil features are related to glacial stages and form part of a detailed late-glacial morphostratigraphy. Information in the files includes: orientation, elevation of the source and the front, area, type of form, type of material, lithology and generation.

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Current storage of data

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

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References and Related Publications

Contacts and Acknowledgments

Investigator

Philippe Schoeneich

Organization

University of Lausanne, Institute of Geography
BFSH 2
CH - 1015 Lausanne
Phone : ++41 21 6923076
Fax : ++41 21 6923075
E-mail : philippe.schoeneich@igul.unil.ch

Document Information

Please cite these data as follows:

Schoeneich, P. 1998. Rock glaciers of the Prealps, Vaud, 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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