The Austrian Alps and paraglaciation

Concepts and implications of environmental change and human impact : studies from Austrian geomorphological research

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Dep. of Geography and Regional Research Univ., Vienna, Autriche
Dep. of Geography, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Inst. of Geography, Univ., Bern, Suisse
Dep. of Geography and Regional Science, Univ., Graz, Autriche
Inst. of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry, Univ. of Technology, Graz, Autriche
Dep. of Geography and Geology, Univ., Salzburg, Autriche

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The AA. review the meaning of the term paraglacial as defined in the Anglo-Canadian literature between 1972 and the present. They then show that many of these ideas were implicit in the early-twentieth-century German literature but were never synthesized into an overarching framework for the study of post-glacial glaciated landscapes. It was not until the end of the twentieth century that the paraglacial model was directly applied to the interpretation of the European Alps. The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen a growing appreciation and some critique of that model in research in the Austrian Alps. The post-glacial glaciated landscape is interpreted as a landscape of transition between the full glacial of the Last Glacial Maximum and the present almost entirely deglaciated landscape. It provides a conceptual framework and a challenge to determine exactly how far any specific glaciated landscape has evolved in response to non-glacial processes and whether it remains a disturbance regime landscape.

Type de document :
Article de monographie

Source :
Geografiska annaler. Series A. Physical geography, issn : 0435-3676, 2012, vol. 94, n°. 1, p. 7-16, nombre de pages : 10, Références bibliographiques : 58 ref.

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Pays édition : Suede, Stockholm, Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi

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