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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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What landscape features would indicate that a region is undergoing periglacial processes?

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The landscape features would indicate that a region is undergoing periglacial processes.

Explanation

The periglacial environments (peri, near) are regions located at the edges or adjacent to the glaciated regions. Periglacial environments are typically permafrost (permanently frozen ground) regions that lack year-round ice or snow cover, and experiences intense frost action. Examples of periglacial environment are found in Alaska, Russia, Canada, and some high elevation areas, including in mountain and plateau regions of China.

The intense frost action causes freezing of soil moisture and produces angular, cracked rocks. Frost action also causes thrusting, heaving, and size sorting of gravels and pebbles in the soil that lead to formation of intricate, repetitive patterned ground features...

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