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Ice-marginal and periglacial processes and sediments: an introduction

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I. Peter Martini
I. Peter Martini
School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1 G 2W, Canada
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Hugh M. French
Hugh M. French
Departments of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada
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Augusto Pérez Alberti
Augusto Pérez Alberti
Departamento de Xeografía, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Santjago de Compostela, Spain
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

The volume focuses on the analysis of glacial clastic sedimentary deposits, both ancient and recent. The papers range from reviews of glacial systems and cold-climate weathering products and processes to conceptual and field studies of specific ice-marginal and cold-climate sediments. Papers are included that deal with tidewater glaciers, mountain settings on Earth, permafrost areas on both Earth and Mars and detailed regional analyses of cold-climate sediments of Late Pleistocene and Holocene age. The identification of sedimentary facies allows an accurate reconstruction of many of the developmental processes that are involved in ice-marginal and periglacial environments. Lithostratigraphic characteristics of clastic deposits also constitute circumstantial evidence for the previous existence of ancient, and certainly pre-Quaternary, cold-climate systems. This is demonstrated by a study on putative Palaeozoic glacial deposits in Saudi Arabia.

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Geological Society Special Publication

Ice-Marginal and Periglacial Processes and Sediments

I. P. Martini
I. P. Martini
University of Guelph, Canada
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H. M. French
H. M. French
University of Guelph, Canada
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A. PéRez Alberti
A. PéRez Alberti
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Geological Society of London
Volume
354
ISBN electronic:
9781862396029
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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