Alpine Geomorphology and Patterned Ground

Minnesota State University geographer Forrest Wilkerson plans to return to the White Mountains this summer to establish geomorphic monitoring plots adjacent to the GLORIA summits, and to expand upon patterned ground measurements made in 2002. Dr. Wilkerson predicts that the higher elevation sites should exhibit greater activity than sites lower on the gradient. In addition, because cryoturbation processes are directly linked to temperature, soil water and snow cover, they may respond more quickly to climate change than vegetation cover. Dr. Wilkerson also is working in Glacier National Park near the GLORIA summits there, and plans to make comparisons between findings there and in the Whites.