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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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.