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Eiríksjökull plateau icefield landsystem, Iceland

Evans, D.J.A.; Ewertowski, M.; Orton, C.

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M. Ewertowski

C. Orton


A 1:9500 scale map of the Eiríksjökull plateau icefield and its post-Little Ice Age (LIA) foreland geomorphology and surficial geology is presented as a modern exemplar of an asymmetrically developed mountain glacier typical of the style of glacierization that dominated during mid-latitude Quaternary cold stages. Features regarded as diagnostic for this setting include (a) ice-cored hummocky terrain, indicative of controlled moraine construction in polythermal snouts, and localized breach lobe development, incremental stagnation and rock glacierization, all indicative of a debris-charged glacier snout; (b) fluted till and moraines, indicative of temperate basal ice conditions up-ice from polythermal glacier margins and (c) glacifluvial and debris flow deposits, occurring as steep fans emanating from glacier snouts at the plateau edge and in ice-contact fans or ramps fed directly by debris-covered glacier margins at the LIA. Although this plateau icefield landsystem is similar to those previously reported from Iceland, a remarkable debris-covered snout/ice-cored moraine complex on the foreland of Klofajökull is a more extreme example of the depositional zone that characterizes the valleys surrounding the more sediment-starved plateau ice dispersal centres.


Evans, D., Ewertowski, M., & Orton, C. (2016). Eiríksjökull plateau icefield landsystem, Iceland. Journal of Maps, 12(5), 747-756.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 8, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 3, 2015
Publication Date Oct 19, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 27, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2016
Journal Journal of Maps
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 5
Pages 747-756
Keywords Plateau icefield, Glacial landsystem, Eiríksjökull.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Maps on 03/08/2015, available online at:

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