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Subglacial conditions at a sticky spot along Kamb Ice Stream, West Antarctica


Peters, LE and Anandakrishnan, S, Subglacial conditions at a sticky spot along Kamb Ice Stream, West Antarctica, Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World - Online Proceedings of the 10th ISAES, August 26-September 1, Santa Barbara, California, pp. 1-5. (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.3133/ofr20071047SRP097


We present the results of a seismic reflection experiment performed transverse to flow a few tens of kilometers above the main trunk of Kamb Ice Stream, West Antarctica, where we image a basal high surrounded by variable subglacial conditions. This high rises as much as 200 m above the surrounding bed, acting as a major sticking point that resists fast flow. Application of the amplitude variation with offset (AVO) seismic technique has highlighted regions of frozen sediments along our profile, suggesting that the ice stream is experiencing basal freeze-on in the region. The bedrock high appears to be at least partially draped in sediment cover, with a concentrated area of weak, dilatant till flanking one edge. This dilatant till is further dispersed along our profile, though it does not possess enough continuity to maintain streaming ice conditions. These results support the hypothesis that the ongoing shutdown of Kamb Ice Stream is due to a loss in continuous basal lubrication.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:subglacial environment, seismology
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Peters, LE (Dr Leo Peters)
ID Code:103888
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-10-28
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