Geografie 2003, 108, 261-276

Characteristic features of frost-riven cliffs: comparison of active frost-riven cliffs in the world and (non-active) frost-riven cliffs in the Rusavská hornatina (Mts.)

Marek Křížek

Katedra fyzické geografie a geoekologie, Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The author describes frost-riven cliffs, their occurrence, origin and development in different part of the world. He also focuses on periglacial processes (e.g. gelivation, cryoplanation) in the Pleistocene, which formed these landforms, and on processes of humid character in the Holocene, which influence and reform these frost-riven cliffs. The author compares frost-riven cliffs in the Rusavská hornatina (Mts.) (Moravian Carpathians) and frost-riven cliffs in other places of the world. He explains the difference between active frost-riven cliffs and "passive" frost-riven cliffs.