CGRG Bibliography of Canadian Geomorphology
Author : Smith, D.J.
Date : 1987
Title : Patterned ground activity in the Mt. Rae area, Southern Canadian Rocky Mountains, 1977-1985.
Publication : Current Research by Western Canadian Geographers: The University of Alberta Papers, 1986. Edited by: E. Jackson .Tantalus Research Ltd.: Vancouver. B.C. Geographical Series
Issue : No. 44:
Page(s) : 99-111
Relatively long-term observations of patterned ground in the Mount Rae area provide some insight into contemporary frost sorting activity in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Miniature patterned ground processes were very active above treeline over the study period. Sorted polygons formed within two to four years. Their development appeared to be initiated by cracking of the ground, followed in a few seasons by the migration of stones and pebbles to the polygonal borders. Once formed, these miniature patterns were remarkably stable and persisted with little change for many years. As suggested in a preliminary study (Smith and Gardner 1979), large-scale patterned ground processes did not appear to be active at the present time. They probably represent features developed under a more severe periglacial regime that that currently experienced.
Bibliography of Canadian Geomorphology