Debris-covered glaciers

Debris-covered glaciers#

A collection of free glacier graphics that can be used for education and outreach.

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Author: Lindsey Nicholson (adapted from Anne Maussion, Atelier les Gros yeux)

This graphic was designed for the paper from Nicholson et al., 2021. It illustrates the processes of debris flux through a mountain glacier.

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Rock debris from the surrounding landscape is transported by glacier ice motion, and some glaciers can develop into debris covered glaciers, with a layer of rock rubble covering part of their ablation zone. This debris cover alters the ablation rate of the glacier, and therefore its overall interaction with a forcing climate. Here is a schematic of the control and processes affecting debris covered glacier systems as presented in Nicholson et al., 2021.

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