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Volume 12, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 12, 549–564, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-549-2018
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The Cryosphere, 12, 549–564, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-549-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 14 Feb 2018

Research article | 14 Feb 2018

Sub-seasonal thaw slump mass wasting is not consistently energy limited at the landscape scale

Simon Zwieback et al.
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We analyse elevation losses at thaw slumps, at which icy sediments are exposed. As ice requires a large amount of energy to melt, one would expect that mass wasting is governed by the available energy. However, we observe very little mass wasting in June, despite the ample energy supply. Also, in summer, mass wasting is not always energy limited. This highlights the importance of other processes, such as the formation of a protective veneer, in shaping mass wasting at sub-seasonal scales.
We analyse elevation losses at thaw slumps, at which icy sediments are exposed. As ice requires...
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