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Geomorphology of Ulu Peninsula, James Ross Island, Antarctica

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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of Journal of Maps.This study presents a 1:25,000 geomorphological map of the northern sector of Ulu Peninsula, James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula. The map covers an area of c. 250 km2, and documents the landforms and surficial sediments of one of the largest ice-free areas in Antarctica, based on remote sensing and field-based mapping. The large-scale landscape features are determined by the underlying Cretaceous sedimentary and Neogene volcanic geology, which has been sculpted by overlying ice masses during glacial periods. Paraglacial and periglacial features are superimposed upon remnant glacial features, reflecting the post-glacial evolution of the landscape. The study area can be broadly separated into three geomorphological sectors, according to the dominant contemporary Earth-surface processes; specifically, a glacierised southern sector, a paraglacial-dominated eastern sector, and a periglacial-dominated central/northern sector. This map provides a basis for further interdisciplinary research, and insight into the potential future landscape evolution of other parts of the Antarctic Peninsula as the climate warms.

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Author(s): Jennings SJA, Davies BJ, Nyvlt D, Glasser NF, Engel Z, Hrbacek F, Carrivick JL, Mlcoch B, Hambrey MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Maps

Year: 2021

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Pages: 125-139

Online publication date: 08/03/2021

Acceptance date: 17/02/2021

ISSN (electronic): 1744-5647

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2021.1893232


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