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Geocryology and Geocryological Zonation of Mongolia, Version 1

The map of Geocryology and Geocryological Zonation of Mongolia was derived from the National Atlas of Mongolia (Sodnom and Yanshin, 1990). The data set depicts the distribution and general properties of permafrost and seasonally frozen ground and locations of specific cryogenic phenomena in Mongolia. Two plates were digitized. One plate, at a scale of 1:12,000,000, depicts four general geocryological zones: continuous and discontinuous permafrost, insular and sparsely insular permafrost, sporadic permafrost, and seasonally frozen ground. The second plate, at a scale of 1:4,500,000, depicts 14 different terrain classifications determined according to elevation, mean annual air temperature, permafrost thickness and thaw depth, and seasonal frozen ground freeze depth. The locations of six specific cryogenic phenomena are also included: perennial frost mounds, icings, thermokarst, cryogenic landslides, solifluction, and cryogenic planation. Data are available via FTP as ESRI shapefiles.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 52.22926, S: 40.60767, E: 121.35476, W: 87.00179

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1990 to 31 December 1990
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
  • Frozen Ground > Active Layer
  • Atmospheric Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Frozen Ground > Ground Ice
  • Frozen Ground > Periglacial Processes
  • Frozen Ground > Permafrost
  • Frozen Ground > Seasonally Frozen Ground
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • ESRI Shapefile
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): N. Sodnom, A. Yanshin

Data Citation

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Sodnom, N. and A. L. Yanshin, eds. 2005. Geocryology and Geocryological Zonation of Mongolia, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].
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