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Lateroglacial

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Ice-marginal

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The term “lateroglacial” defines the ice-marginal areas along the lateral sides of the glacier. The lateroglacial environments grade downglacier into the latero-frontal and proglacial environments. They are composed of specific geomorphological and glaciological landform assemblages, such as ablation depressions, lateral moraines, breach lobes or earth pyramids. Lateroglacial landforms are mostly developed between the glacier and the adjacent valley flank in high mountain landscapes. However, they occur as well in the mountain forelands, especially along dam glaciers or outlet glaciers (e.g., in Iceland), but to a more limited extent. Relict lateroglacial sediments may serve as important geomorphological evidence for reconstructing the extent and ice thickness of former glaciations.

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Ablation Depression

Lateroglacial Landform Systems

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  • Iturrizaga, L., 2001. Lateroglacial valleys and landforms in the Karakoram Mountains (Pakistan). GeoJournal, 54(2–4), 397–428. Tibet and high Asia (VI), Glacio-geomorphology and prehistoric glaciation in the Karakorum and Himalaya.

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  • Iturrizaga, L., 2003. The distribution and genesis of lateroglacial valleys in the Karakoram Mountains (Pakistan). Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie N.F., 130(Suppl. Bd), 51–74.

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Iturrizaga, L. (2011). Lateroglacial. In: Singh, V.P., Singh, P., Haritashya, U.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2642-2_606

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