Felsenmeer

felsenmeer

[′felz·ən‚mer]
(geology)
A flat or gently sloping veneer of angular rock fragments occurring on moderate mountain slopes above the timber line.

Felsenmeer

 

vast placers of blocks of rock on the flat surfaces of mountain peaks, located above the treeline. They form as the result of the processes of frost weathering together with the phenomena of solifluction under conditions of a severe continental climate and the development of permafrost rock.

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2004, Felsenmeer persistence through glacial periods in the Torngat and Kaumajet Mountains, Quebec-Labrador, as determined by soil weathering and cosmogenic nuclide exposure dating: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v.
6-1 m deep in the thin felsenmeer so that the bedrock could be sampled and assayed.
1977 'Tors, felsenmeer, and glaciation in northern Cumberland Peninsula, Baffin Island' Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 14, 2817-2823
Exposure ages on felsenmeer summits are consistent with higher abundances of gibbsite found in summit soils relative to soils in tills and valley floors.
Hills have distinctive banding, based on slope and water, from hillside, dry tots and talus cones, to felsenmeer (stone ponds), flat areas of frost-shattered rock, and stone circles, down to moist and peaty areas of pingos and ice polygons.
The thick-bedded and massive members are fractured and frost-heaved into large slabs of felsenmeer that raft downhill for considerable distances and locally override the Lower Schist Unit.