Distribution of permafrost in North America and its relationship to the environment: A Review, 1963-1973

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ConferencePermafrost: The North American Contribution to the Second International Conference: 2nd Int. Conf. Permafrost: 1973-07, Yakutsk, Siberia, USSR
Pages71100; # of pages: 30
SubjectPermafrost; Soils; north america; environment; Sol; amerique du nord; environnement
AbstractKnowledge of the distribution of permafrost in North America and related environmental factors which has been accumulated during the past ten years, 1963-73, since the First International Conference on Permafrost is reviewed. Several permafrost maps of Canada and Alaska were published. Considerable advance was made in the understanding of climatic and terrain factors such as relief, vegetation, hydrology, snow cover, fire, soil and rock, and glacier ice. Investigations on the distribution of ground ice features associated with permafrost, including pingos, ice wedges, palsas and thermokarst, are surveyed, and work on other periglacial features such as rock glaciers, altiplanation terraces, solifluction features, string bogs, extinct pingos, and ice wedge casts, are described. The past distribution and chronology of permafrost received considerable attention during the last decade. The paper ends with a list of recommendations for future investigations in this aspect of permafrost research.
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PublisherNational Academy of Sciences, Publ.
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number13847
NPARC number20374446
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