Morphometry of glacial cirques in the Central Spanish Pyrenees

  1. García-Ruiz, J.M 3
  2. Gómez-Villar, A 2
  3. Ortigosa, L 1
  4. Martí-Bono, C. 3
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España


  2. 2 Universidad de León

    Universidad de León

    León, España


  3. 3 Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología

    Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología

    Zaragoza, España


Geografiska Annaler, Series A: Physical Geography

ISSN: 0435-3676

Year of publication: 2000

Volume: 82A

Issue: 4

Pages: 433-442

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1111/J.0435-3676.2000.00132.X SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0034466150 WoS: WOS:000166848800001 GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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A total of 206 glacial cirques have been identified in the high valleys of the Aragon and Gallego rivers. Central Spanish Pyrenees, in order to study the environmental factors explaining their distribution (altitude, aspect, lithology) and diverse morphometric features (area, width, length, L/W relations, etc,). The use of bivariate and multivariate statistical analyses confirms that a part of the morphometric variability of the glacial cirques is explained by the environmental factors considered here, but their influence is relatively limited. Altitude is identified as the most important factor, affecting both the length and the degree of over-deepening of the cirques. The role of lithology is less obvious because of its interaction with altitude.