Glacial geomorphology of the Shaluli Shan area, southeastern Tibetan Plateau

Ping Fu, Jakob Heyman, Clas Hättestrand, Arjen P. Stroeven, Jonathan M. Harbor

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We present a glacial geomorphological map covering 1.04 × 105 km 2 of the Shaluli Shan (Shan = Mountain), southeastern Tibetan Plateau. Using a 90 m digital elevation model from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission and 15/30 m Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus satellite imagery, we have mapped glacial valleys, marginal moraines, hummocky terrain, glacial lineations and ice-scoured terrain. Lineations and scoured areas largely overlap on the low relief granite plateau of the Shaluli Shan and relate to former ice cap glaciation. These landscape features indicate that past ice cap glaciation included basal sliding conditions, and thus warm-based ice. Glacial valleys and marginal moraines are dominant landforms in the high mountain ranges of Shaluli Shan and occur on and fringing the plateau. This glacial geomorphological map forms the basis for paleoglaciological reconstructions of this southeastern Tibetan Plateau region and indicates the former presence of multiple glaciations involving valley glaciers and ice caps. The map is presented at a scale of 1:630,000.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Maps
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Glacial geomorphology
  • Glacial valley
  • Glaciation
  • Ice cap
  • Ice-scoured terrain
  • Landform
  • Lineations
  • Moraine
  • Shaluli Shan
  • Tibetan Plateau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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