Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
15 Dec 1966
 | 15 Dec 1966

Grobgeschiebestatistik als Hilfsmittel bei der Kartierung eiszeitlicher Halte

Ernst Th. Seraphim

Abstract. One of the aims of Ice Age research is the mapping of the still-stand positions of northern inland ice. The characteristics and statistical analysis of Skandinavian indicator boulders have proved their worth in the North German lowlands but over the mountainous terrains (to the south) erosive denudation of the moraines and the redistribution of the boulders by streaming water narrow the use of the method. In this latter case statistical work on particularly large boulders is a useful supplement. The location of still-stand positions can be derived from the concentrations of these erratics in lines on the ground, for they were too large to be moved by flowing water. Critical reservations on the scope of the method are discussed and its use tied in to that of the traditional ways. Some hints are offered on the practice of the method.