Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Research article
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12 Mar 2021
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 12 Mar 2021

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

Alexander R. Groos, Janik Niederhauser, Luise Wraase, Falk Hänsel, Thomas Nauss, Naki Akçar, and Heinz Veit


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (30 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Dec 2020) by Heather Viles
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
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.