Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Vijay P. Singh, Pratap Singh, Umesh K. Haritashya

Anti-Syngenetic Ice Wedge

  • Pratima PandeyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2642-2_23


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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre of Studies in Resources EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology, BombayMumbaiIndia