The influence of alpine glaciation on the relief of tectonically active mountain belts

Jonathan H. Tomkin, Jean Braun

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Abstract

A surface processes model incorporating large-scale fluvial processes, local hill-slope processes, and glacial erosion is used to investigate the effect of glaciation on the relief of a fast-growing, narrow orogen. The results of several simulations show that: glaciers concentrate erosion near peaks; fluvial erosion is reduced downstream of glaciers; glaciers with frozen bases can lead to an increase in relief; and the net affect of glaciation in the absence of widespread basal freezing is to reduce relief.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-190
Number of pages22
JournalAmerican Journal of Science
Volume302
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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