Terrain and Coastal Conditions on the Arctic Alaskan Coastal Plain. Arctic Environmental Data Package. Supplement 1
COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER NH
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The group of four reports describes the characteristics and seasonal variation of prominent relief features on and along the margin of the arctic coastal plain. These relief features include polygonal ground patterns, lake scarps and coastal features. The range of polygonal ground patterns commonly found is illustrated by a number of transects. The influence of the seasonal snow cover on relief is indicated by profiles taken during the summer and the winter. The winter profiles were taken during the period of maximum snow accumulation. The subduing influence of the seasonal snowpack is much more apparent in areas of high relief. Irregularities in the snow surface may approach those found in the more featureless areas of summer relief. A discussion of properties of the snow cover is also included from observations in the Barrow study area.
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost