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The internal layering of Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica, from airborne radar-sounding data

By Nanna B. Karlsson, David M. Rippin, David G. Vaughan and Hugh F.J. Corr


This paper presents an overview of internal layering across Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica, as measured from airborne-radar data acquired during a survey conducted by the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Texas in the 2004/05 season. Internal layering is classified according to type (continuous/discontinuous/missing) and the results compared with InSAR velocities. Several areas exhibit disruption of internal layers that is most likely caused by large basal shear stresses. Signs of changes in flow were identified in a few inter-tributary areas, but overall the layering classification and distribution of layers indicate that only minor changes in ice-flow regime have taken place. This is supported by bed-topography data that show the main trunk of the glacier, as well as some of the tributaries, are topographically controlled and located in deep basins

Topics: Glaciology, Earth Sciences
Publisher: International Glaciological Society
Year: 2009
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