8.17 Rock Glaciers Chapter uri icon


  • Rock glaciers, a key element of alpine mountain geomorphic systems, consist of coarse surface debris that insulates an ice-core or ice-debris mixture. Rates of movement of rock glaciers vary from 1 to 100 cm yr-1. Rock glaciers exist in mainly continental dry climates in areas that have high rates of talus accumulation. New geospatial techniques, high-resolution data sources, and improved technology will contribute to a better understanding of these features on Earth and perhaps on Mars. This chapter provides an in-depth summary of important research findings pertaining to rock glaciers and offers insight to future research. 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Janke, J. R., Regmi, N. R., Giardino, J. R., & Vitek, J. D.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Janke, JR||Regmi, NR||Giardino, JR||Vitek, JD

Book Title

  • Treatise on Geomorphology

publication date

  • March 2013