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Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers

Part of the series Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series pp 54-54


Anti-Syngenetic Ice Wedge

  • Pratima PandeyAffiliated withCentre of Studies in Resources Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Email author 


An ice wedge that grows progressively downward into a receding slope and in a direction perpendicular to the surface is called anti-syngenetic ice wedge.

Ice wedges or cracks in ground ice are generally classified into two main types: epigenetic and syngenetic. Epigenetic wedges grow wider rather than deeper whereas syngenetic wedges grow both wider and deeper more or less simultaneously. Field studies show that there is a third type, an anti-syngenetic wedge, which grows downward on receding slopes in a direction normal to the slope.

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