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https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-447-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-447-2015
Research article
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06 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 06 Oct 2015

The periglacial engine of mountain erosion – Part 1: Rates of frost cracking and frost creep

J. L. Andersen, D. L. Egholm, M. F. Knudsen, J. D. Jansen, and S. B. Nielsen

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An increasing number of studies demonstrates links between the intensity of periglacial processes and bedrock erosion in steep mountain landscapes. Here, we quantify the dependence of periglacial processes on temperature and sediment thickness. This allows us to model frost processes across the full range of settings encountered in mountain landscapes. We find that sediment mantle thickness strongly modulates the relation between climate and periglacial weathering and sediment transport.