Meta Incognita Peninsula


Outer Meta Incognita Peninsula is a fault bounded tectonic block of granites and gneisses (Kleman, Marchant, and Borgstrom, 2001). It is topographically asymmetric with the main plateau at 660 to 720 m a.s.l. located close to the northeastern coast. The northeastern rim is high with many inlets, cirques and short but deep fjords and glacial troughs (Kleman et al. 2001).

The inland area of the Peninsula is a mosaic of glacially scoured zones with thin or absent till cover, and mature subaerially weathered landscapes with few signs of glacial erosion. Most rivers draining into Meta Incognita Peninsula run north-south in narrow valleys (Kleman et al. 2001).

The eastward marginal drainage are on the southern areas of Meta Incognita Peninsula which forms a conventional deglacial sequence, where drainage occurs at successively lower levels as the ice margin retreated (Klemen et al. 2001). Since there are no northward directed striations or evidence of subglaical drainage are found inland near the marginal drainage zone, this suggests that the ice cover north of the coastal zone is cold-based (Klemen et al. 2001).


LINKS:
C-GIP HOME PAGE
Baffin Island Introduction
Glaciated Peninsulas Include:
Brodeur Peninsula Cumberland Peninsula Hall Peninsula Meta Incognita Peninsula
Ice Caps on Baffin Island Include:
Barnes Ice Cap Grinnell Ice Cap Penny Ice Cap Terra Nivea Ice Cap
Glacial features in Cumberland Peninsula Include:
Boas Glacier Caribou Glacier Coronation Glacier Fork Beard Glacier Highway Glacier
Penny Ice Cap Tumbling Glacier
Glacial features in Hall Peninsula Include:
Grinnell Ice Cap
Glacial features in Meta Incognita Peninsula Include:
Terra Nivea Ice Cap
Additional Links:
Decade Glacier Effects of Climate Change on Baffin References

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