Turf-banked terraces in Öraefi,southeast Iceland: Morphometry, rates of movement, and environmental controls

Douglas, Terry and Harrison, Stephan (1996) Turf-banked terraces in Öraefi,southeast Iceland: Morphometry, rates of movement, and environmental controls. Arctic and Alpine Research, 28 (2). pp. 228-236. ISSN 0004-0851

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Abstract

Small-scale turf-banked terraces are widely developed on low- angled slopes above the Neoglacial trimlines of the Oraefi outlet glaciers in southeast Iceland. These features, which have not been previously described in this area, comprise a vegetated riser and a vegetation-free tread. The morphometry of these landforms is shown to be related to slope angle. Rates of soil movement were measured over a 2-yr period using Rudberg pillars and showed maximum displacement of the surface layer of 11 mm yr-1. The environmental controls on the development of the turf-banked terraces are discussed including aspect, slope angle and altitude.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 11:57
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:35
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18797

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