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Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 567–583, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-567-2017
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Special issue: The evolution of permafrost in mountain regions

The Cryosphere, 11, 567–583, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-567-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Feb 2017

Research article | 16 Feb 2017

Quantifying irreversible movement in steep, fractured bedrock permafrost on Matterhorn (CH)

Samuel Weber et al.

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We present a 8-year continuous time series of measured fracture kinematics and thermal conditions on steep permafrost bedrock at Hörnligrat, Matterhorn. Based on this unique dataset and a conceptual model for strong fractured bedrock, we develop a novel quantitative approach that allows to separate reversible from irreversible fracture kinematics and assign the dominant forcing. A new index of irreversibility provides useful indication for the occurrence and timing of irreversible displacements.
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