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Vol. 7, No. 1, 1975

pp. 33-37

Glaciation Limit in New Zealand's Southern Alps

Stephen C. Porter

Isoglacihypses depicting the glaciation limit in New Zealand closely parallel the crest of the Southern Alps and conform approximately to isohyets of mean annual precipitation. The glaciation limit rises southeastward with a gradient of 19 ± 6 m km−1, being steepest in areas of high relief and gentlest where broad topographic saddles occur along the main divide. Topography and a strong windward-leeward precipitation gradient appear to be the principal parameters controlling the configuration of the glaciation limit.

Citation Note: This article was published when our journal had an earlier shorter name: "Arctic and Alpine Research."