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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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.