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Map and GIS database of glacial landforms and features related to the last British Ice Sheet

Clark, C.D.; Evans, D.J.A.; Khatwa, A.; Bradwell, T.; Jordan, C.J.; Marsh, S.H.; Mitchell, W.A.; Bateman, M.D.


C.D. Clark

A. Khatwa

T. Bradwell

C.J. Jordan

S.H. Marsh

W.A. Mitchell

M.D. Bateman


A review of the academic literature and British Geological Survey mapping is employed to produce a 'Glacial Map', and accompanying geographic information system (GIS) database, of features related to the last (Devensian) British Ice Sheet. The map (1:625 000) is included in a folder and GIS data are freely available by web download ( Emphasis is on information that constrains the last ice sheet. The following are included: moraines, eskers, drumlins, meltwater channels, tunnel valleys, trimlines, limit of key glacigenic deposits, glaciolacustrine deposits, ice-dammed lakes, erratic dispersal patterns, shelf-edge fans and the Loch Lomond Readvance limit of the main ice cap. The GIS contains over 20 000 features split into thematic layers (as above). Individual features are attributed such that they can be traced back to their published sources. Given that the published sources of information that underpin this work were derived by piecemeal effort over 150 years, then our main caveat is of data consistency and reliability. It is hoped that this compilation will stimulate greater scrutiny of published data, assist in palaeoglaciological reconstructions and facilitate use of field evidence in numerical ice-sheet modelling. It may also help direct field workers in their future investigations.


Clark, C., Evans, D., Khatwa, A., Bradwell, T., Jordan, C., Marsh, S., …Bateman, M. (2004). Map and GIS database of glacial landforms and features related to the last British Ice Sheet. Boreas: An International Journal of Quaternary Research, 33(4), 359-375.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2004-12
Deposit Date Nov 17, 2006
Journal Boreas
Print ISSN 0300-9483
Electronic ISSN 1502-3885
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 4
Pages 359-375
Keywords Pleistocene Deposits, Labrador Sector, North-Sea, Scotland, Reconstruction, Palaeoglaciology, Cambridgeshire, Sedimentology, Morphology, Origin.