Articles | Volume 71, issue 1
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 71, 111–122, 2022
E&G Quaternary Sci. J., 71, 111–122, 2022
Research article
08 Jun 2022
Research article | 08 Jun 2022

On the expression and distribution of glacial trimlines: a case study of Little Ice Age trimlines on Svalbard

Camilla M. Rootes and Christopher D. Clark

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Glacial trimlines are visible breaks in vegetation or landforms that mark the former extent of glaciers. They are often observed as faint lines running across valley sides and are useful for mapping the three-dimensional shape of former glaciers or for assessing by how much present-day glaciers have thinned and retreated. Here we present the first application of a new trimline classification scheme to a case study location in central western Spitsbergen, Svalbard.