Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Subglacial bedforms of the last British Ice Sheet

By Anna L.C. Hughes, Chris D. Clark and Colm J. Jordan


Subglacial bedforms are a characteristic feature of formerly glaciated landscapes. Formed parallel (e.g. drumlins) or transverse (ribbed moraine) to ice flow their preserved distribution is a valuable record of ice sheet configuration. To date these landforms have been underused in Britain such that we have only a simple static view of the flow patterns of the last British Ice Sheet, with glimpses of complexity recorded in just a few locations. Arguably, this is because of the lack of a suitable, ice-sheet scale, map of subglacial bedform distribution. We present the first consistent and countrywide map of subglacial bedforms for Britain produced from systematic mapping. Individual landforms were mapped from relief-shaded renditions of high-resolution elevation data and Landsat TM imagery. The outline or crest-line of each bedform was manually captured by onscreen digitisation directly into a Geographic Information System (GIS) database. Over 39,000 landforms were identified revealing new lineation patterns, multiple instances of cross-cutting/superimposition, and adding additional detail to the known distribution established by local field surveys. A near complete representation of the British subglacial bedform population, the map is a major step towards a detailed model of British Ice Sheet configuration by providing a suitable basis for reconstructing the flow evolution at the ice sheet scale, and a geomorphological framework for the interpretation of sedimentological and stratigraphical data. The map is presented at a scale of 1:525,000

Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.4113/jom.2010.1111
OAI identifier:
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.