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glacial stairway

Michael Allaby

in A Dictionary of Ecology

Fifth edition


Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191793158

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The long profile of a *glacial trough: it is characterized by alternating rock bars (*riegels) and rock basins, giving the impression of a stairway. The structure is attributed to variations in the erosive power of ice, or to the influence of rock jointing....

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Subjects: Ecology and Conservation

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