Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 977–994, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-977-2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 977–994, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-977-2021

Research article 17 Aug 2021

Research article | 17 Aug 2021

Identification of rock and fracture kinematics in high alpine rockwalls under the influence of elevation

Daniel Draebing

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AR by Daniel Draebing on behalf of the Authors (23 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Jun 2021) by Tom Coulthard
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (04 Jul 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (05 Jul 2021) by Tom Coulthard
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (05 Jul 2021) by Tom Coulthard(Editor)
AR by Daniel Draebing on behalf of the Authors (07 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Daniel Draebing on behalf of the Authors (05 Aug 2021)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (16 Aug 2021) by Tom Coulthard
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Short summary
Alpine rockwalls are affected by weathering processes that result in rock and fracture deformation. This deformation decreases rockwall stability with time. I installed crackmeters along a topographic gradient to identify the spatial and temporal variation of weathering processes. My data show that elevation-dependent snow cover, topographic factors and fracture dipping control the frequency and magnitude of weathering processes and resulting rock kinematics.