Allometric Development of Glacial Cirques: An Application of Specific Geomorphometry

I. S. Evans,
Department of Geography,
Durham University,
South Road,
Durham City
DH1 3LE
England, U.K.
Telephone : 0044 191 334 1877
Fax : 0044 191 334 1801
Email : i.s.evans@durham.ac.uk

In geomorphometry many of the variables we measure describe size or shape of landforms. Taking the further step of analysis, a central question is whether shape varies with size. Here the hypothesis that larger cirques differ in shape from smaller ones is tested. First some general considerations about specific geomorphometry and allometry are outlined. Implications for cirque development and mountain glaciation are considered and, finally, the possibility that allometric development applies more generally to landforms is considered.

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