On the Occurrence of Ice Domes and Permanently Snow-Covered Summits

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The occurrence of isolated ice- or snow-covered summits is reviewed. Their existence appears in the first place to be a function of their breadth in relation to the altitude of the firn line on adjacent glaciers; other factors remain to be discussed. Light may thus be thrown on questions of past glaciation of rounded summits in critical areas, and notably on the amount of precipitation then prevailing.

ZUSAMMENFASSUNG.Es wird ein Überblick vom Vorkommen vereinzelter mit Eis oder Schnee bedeckten Gipfel gegeben. Ihre Existenz scheint in erster Linie eine Funktion ihrer Breite im Verhältnis zur Höhe der Firnlinie an angrenzende Gletscher zu sein; weitere Faktoren milssen noch besprochen werden. Fragen über die ehemalige Vergletscherung von abgerundeten Gipfeln in kritischen Zonen und besonders über die Menge des Niederschlags, die dann vorherrschte, mögen somit geklärt werden.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3189/002214355793702244

Publication date: April 1, 1955

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  • The Journal of Glaciology is published six times per year. It accepts submissions from any discipline related to the study of snow and ice. All articles are peer reviewed. The Journal is included in the ISI Science Citation Index.
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