Glacier surge mechanism: 1982-1983 surge of variegated glacier, alaska. Journal Article uri icon



  • The hundredfold speedup in glacier motion in a surge of the kind the kind that took place in Variegated Glacier in 1982-1983 is caused by the buildup of high water pressure in the basal passageway system, which is made possible by a fundamental and pervasive change in the geometry and water-transport characteristics of this system. The behavior of the glacier in surge has many remarkable features, which can provide clues to a detailed theory of the surging process. The surge mechanism is akin to a proposed mechanism of overthrust faulting.

publication date

  • February 1, 1985

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • September 12, 2013 4:21 AM

Full Author List

  • Kamb B; Raymond CF; Harrison WD; Engelhardt H; Echelmeyer KA; Humphrey N; Brugman MM; Pfeffer T

author count

  • 8

citation count

  • 4

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 469

end page

  • 479


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