Glacial geomorphology of the Bayan Har sector of the NE Tibetan Plateau
2008 (English)In: Journal of Maps, ISSN 1744-5647, Vol. 2008, 42-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We here present a detailed glacial geomorphological map covering 136,500 km2 of the Bayan Har sector of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau - an area previously suggested to have nourished the most extensive Quaternary glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau. The map, presented at a scale of 1:650,000, is based on remote sensing of a 90 m SRTM digital elevation model and 15/30 m Landsat ETM+ satellite imagery. Seven landform types have been mapped; glacial valleys, glacial troughs, glacial lineations,marginal moraines, marginal moraine remnants, meltwater channels and hummocky terrain. A large number of glacial landforms exist, concentrated around mountain blocks protruding above the surrounding plateau area, testifying to former glacial activity. In contrast, large plateau areas of lower altitude lack glacial landforms. The mapped glacial geomorphology indicates multiple former glacial advances primarily by valley and piedmont glaciers, but lends no support to the hypothesis of ice sheet scale glaciation in the area. The presented glacial geomorphological map demonstrates the usefulness of remote sensing techniques for mapping the glacial geomorphology of the Tibetan Plateau, and it will be used for reconstructing the paleoglaciology of the Bayan Har sector of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 2008, 42-62 p.
Physical Geography Geology
Research subject Physical Geography; Quarternary Geology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24882DOI: 10.4113/jom.2008.96ISI: 000267267200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-24882DiVA: diva2:198460
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75072008-04-172008-04-172010-10-21Bibliographically approved