Test trenches excavated into muskeg near Fairbanks in 1969 exposed a polygonal network of active ice wedges. The history of ice-wedge growth shows that wedges can form and grow to more than 1m apparent width under mean annual temperatures that probably are close to those of the Fairbanks area today (-3.5oC) and under vegetation cover similar to that of the interior Alaskan boreal forest. The commonly held belief that ice wedges develop only below mean annual air temperatures of -6 to -8oC in the zone of continuous permafrost is invalid.-from Authors
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Late Holocene ice wedges near Fairbanks, Alaska, USA: environmental setting and history of growth.