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Cryomorphological Topographies in the Study of Ice Caves

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GIR-PANGEA-Department of Geography, University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Department of Expresión gráfica. Escuela Politécnica, University of Extremadura, 06071 Badajoz, Spain
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Geosciences 2018, 8(8), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8080274
Received: 30 May 2018 / Revised: 17 June 2018 / Accepted: 21 June 2018 / Published: 26 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glacial and Geomorphological Cartography)
The current interest in ice caves requires that their varied manifestations be known as accurately as possible in view of their responses to a global change and also to their great potential as paleoenvironmental witnesses. This phenomenon has been known about for a long time but is still scarcely studied from the point of view of its cryological values and the evolution and distribution of many of their morphologies. For this, the development of cryomorphological topographies from traditional techniques to geodetic surveys with different tools, including terrestrial laser scanning, is one of the most current ways to characterize and quantify this type of cryospheric phenomena. It represents a new kind of periglacial cartography whose use is feasible in spite of the difficulties these environments present. View Full-Text
Keywords: cryomorphological topographies; ice caves; terrestrial laser scanner; periglacial cartography; Picos de Europa cryomorphological topographies; ice caves; terrestrial laser scanner; periglacial cartography; Picos de Europa
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Gómez-Lende, M.; Sánchez-Fernández, M. Cryomorphological Topographies in the Study of Ice Caves. Geosciences 2018, 8, 274.

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