Landforms of Glacial Erosion

Former ice sheets and glaciers leave behind distinct landscapes of glacial erosion composed of a variety of individual landforms. This chapter describes these land-forms and the landscapes created by the processes of glacial erosion. We examine some of the most commonly encountered landforms of glacial erosion that combine to make erosional landscapes (Figure 6.1) and attempt to explain their formation with reference to the processes of glacial erosion introduced in the previous chapter. This chapter is divided into three sections based on spatial scale: micro-scale, mesoscale and macroscale landforms. Figure 6.1 shows that some landforms cross the boundaries between these three spatial categories. Where this is the case, we consider the landforms at the scale on which they are most often encountered.

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