Glacial geomorphology of the Kola Peninsula and Russian Lapland

Ben Boyes, Danni Pearce, Lorna Linch

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At present, there remains uncertainty surrounding the glacial history of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet on the Kola Peninsula and Russian Lapland, northwest Arctic Russia. This is attributed to the lack of high-resolution ice sheet-scale geomorphological data in the region. This paper presents 245,997 landforms in a new high-resolution, glacial geomorphological map of the Kola Peninsula and Russian Lapland. Individual landforms were mapped from relief-shaded renditions of the 2 m resolution ArcticDEM alongside 3 m resolution PlanetScope Ortho Scene data in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Digital mapping was accompanied by field mapping in selected areas. The map, which is presented at a scale of 1: 675,000, will form the basis of a palaeoglaciological reconstruction of northwest Arctic Russia that will inform ice sheet dynamics – at both a regional- and ice sheet-scale – and provide an important framework through which numerical ice sheet models can be constrained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-503
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Maps
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2021

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Funding Information: This work was undertaken while BMB was in receipt of a University of Brighton PhD Studentship. Fieldworkwas supported by two INTERACT funded projects [grant numbers 262693 and 730938]. We particularly thank Yulia Zaika (INTERACT), Andrey Vashkov, and the late Professor Vasili Kolka, all at the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Apatity, who provided scientific and logistic assistance for fieldwork. Chris Orton, Chris Clark, Isabelle McMartin, and Ola Fredin are gratefully acknowledged for providing useful comments on both the map and manuscript.


  • Glacial geomorphology
  • Fennoscandian Ice Sheet
  • Kola Peninsula
  • Russian Lapland
  • Arctic Russia
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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