Glacial Erosion in the Abisko Mountains: Kärkevagge and Vassivagge, Northern Sweden

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This paper discusses direct current resistivity soundings and geomorphological studies of Quaternary deposits in two glacial troughs in the Abisko Mountains of northern Sweden. The subject of the fieldwork is the depth of Pleistocene glacial erosion. Studies were carried out in 1998 and 2003 in the Kärkevagge and Vassivagge. The estimated thickness of Quaternary deposits and bedrock properties are discussed in the broader context of glacial erosion studies in the Abisko area. Geophysical and geomorphological studies suggest that the depth of glacial erosion was highly differentiated from –190 m in the Torneträsk basin to the metric overall erosion on the upland plateau. In medium-sized valleys several kilometres long, erosion depth measures 30–50 m. Present-day stream channel patterns reveal a strong relation to the bedrock configuration in valley floors

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0435-3676.2006.00291.x

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH, University of Science and Technology, Kraków 2: Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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