Terracettes and active gelifluction terraces in the Drakensberg of the Province of Eastern Cape, South Africa: a process study

Kück, K.M. and Lewis, C.A. (2002) Terracettes and active gelifluction terraces in the Drakensberg of the Province of Eastern Cape, South Africa: a process study. South African Geographical Journal, 84 (2). pp. 214-225. ISSN 0373-6245

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Terracettes and turf-banked terraces exist at Tiffindell Ski Resort in the Drakensberg of the Province of the Eastern Cape at altitudes between 2750 m and 2880 m on slopes of between 15°and 26°. Ice lenses and interstitial ice exist within turf-banked terraces in winter. During post-winter thaws, soil moisture reaches saturation in at least the upper part of the regolith in which turf-banked terraces occur. These terraces move downslope under the influence of gelifluction (which is essentially a combination of frost creep and solifluction). Terracettes appear to move as a result of frost creep, processes associated with needle ice, and slope wash. Both turf-banked terraces and terracettes are part of the periglacial environment and are active under present climatic conditions at Tiffindell.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Creep; periglacial process; polygon; solifluction; terrace; Drakensberg; South Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Geography
ID Code:355
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Deposited On:07 Mar 2007
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