Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 145–166, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-145-2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 145–166, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-145-2021

Research article 12 Mar 2021

Research article | 12 Mar 2021

The enigma of relict large sorted stone stripes in the tropical Ethiopian Highlands

Alexander R. Groos et al.

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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (30 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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RR by Stefan Grab (14 Dec 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (14 Dec 2020) by Heather Viles
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (28 Jan 2021) by Tom Coulthard(Editor)
AR by Alexander Raphael Groos on behalf of the Authors (03 Feb 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Large sorted stone stripes have been discovered on the 4000 m high central Sanetti Plateau of the tropical Bale Mountains in Ethiopia. The stripes are a mystery as similar landforms have so far only been reported in the temperate zone and polar regions. Our investigations suggest that the stripes formed in the vicinity of a former ice cap on the plateau during a much colder climatic period. The distinct pattern is the result of a process related to cyclic freezing and thawing of the ground.