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Actual paraglacial progradation of the coastal zone in the Kongsfjorden area, western Spitsbergen (Svalbard)

Denis Mercier
Denis Mercier
Department of Geography University of Paris 4 Sorbonne, 191 rue Saint Jacques 75 005 Paris, France (e-mail:
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Dominique Laffly
Dominique Laffly
Department of Geography University of Pau avenue du Doyen Poplawski 64 000 Pau, France (e-mail:
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January 01, 2005


This research was carried out on the Brøgger Peninsula, northwest Spitsbergen, Svalbard (79°N 12°E,). In the western part of Spitsbergen, cold-based valley glaciers have retreated more than 1 km from their Little Ice Age limits, and glacial meltwater has extensively reworked glacigenic sediments on exposed glacier forelands. In such areas, a paraglacial sediment transport regime has become predominant, with runoff as the dominant process. A combination of GIS, DEM, aerial photographic and field data was employed to estimate shoreline progradation at sandur outflows. Average shoreline progradation is estimated to amount to 3 m/annum over the last 30 years, a period of uninterrupted sediment provision from the glacial runoff system.

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Cryospheric Systems: Glaciers and Permafrost

C. Harris
C. Harris
Cardiff University, UK
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J. B. Murton
J. B. Murton
University of Sussex, UK
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Geological Society of London
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January 01, 2005




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