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Glacial Erosion on Karst

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The chapter presents the movement of warm-based and cold-based glaciers. The factors influencing the slide and flow of glaciers are described. The geomorphic action of glaciers is discussed with a focus on karst. On karst, glacial erosion is characteristic in karst depressions, in stratified limestone, as well as in troughs which developed on similar rocks. As regards depressions, the denudation of slopes the inclination of which is identical with (downstream slopes) or opposite to (upstream slopes) the direction of glacier flow, the destruction of the thresholds of uvalas (all of them) and the glacial erosional transformation of depressions partly filled with non-moving ice are analysed. The formation of stepped surfaces of stratified limestone terrains as well as the relationship between troughs with stepped surfaces, valley directions and the dip direction of beds are presented.


Warm-based glacier Cold-based glacier Polythermal glacier Asymmetric depression Depression with a composite slope Dividing wall Step Separation of beds Dissolution along fracture Dissolution along bedding plane Asymmetric glacier valley 


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  1. 1.SEK, Department of Physical GeographyEötvös Loránd UniversitySzombathelyHungary

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