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Connectivity analyses of valley patterns reveal Devensian glacial drainage activity in Mid-Wales (poster)
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för samhällsbyggnad. (Geomatik/Geomatics)
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales. (Centre for Glaciology)
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales. (Centre for Glaciology)
Institutionen för naturgeografi och kvartärgeologi, Stockholms universitet. (Paleoglaciology)
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Coastal valleys in the west part of Mid-Wales, such as the Mawddach, Dysynni, Tal-y-llyn and Dyfi, are believed to have acted as corridors for ice which drained the Welsh Ice Cap during the Devensian. Connectivity analyses of valley patterns from detailed digital elevation models, and interpretation of satellite images and aerial photographs show the existence of large variations in the amount of glacial modification between these valleys. Although all the valleys are glacially over-deepened along Silurian fault lines, only the Dyfi basin exhibits a dendritic pattern, with V-shaped cross profiles and valley spurs typical of valleys formed by fluvial processes.

The connectivity analyses show that the Dyfi basin exhibits a purely dendritic pattern with little glacial modification of the preglacial fluvial valley pattern in form of valley breaching. It is proposed here that the general river valley morphology of the Dyfi basin is of a pre-Late Devensian age. This suggests a complex glacial drainage history, where cold-based ice was not only confined to the interior uplands, but also covered low-altitude areas previously believed to be a major drainage conduit for the Welsh Ice Cap. This indicates that Late Devensian glacial erosion was not as intense as previously believed and larger areas might have been overlain by cold-based ice.

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2009.
Keyword [en]
Valley connectivity, glacial reconstructions, Late Devensian, Wales
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Physical Geography Geosciences, Multidisciplinary Climate Research Remote Sensing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10523OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10523DiVA: diva2:444551
Conference
British Society for Geomorphology Conference, Durham University, 7-9 September, 2009
Available from: 2011-09-29 Created: 2011-09-28 Last updated: 2017-02-01Bibliographically approved

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