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Brief communication: widespread potential for seawater infiltration on Antarctic ice shelves


Cook, S and Galton-Fenzi, BK and Ligtenberg, SRM and Coleman, R, Brief communication: widespread potential for seawater infiltration on Antarctic ice shelves, The Cryosphere, 12, (12) pp. 3853-3859. ISSN 1994-0416 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.5194/tc-12-3853-2018


Antarctica's future contribution to sea level change depends on the fate of its fringing ice shelves. One factor which may affect the rate of iceberg calving from ice shelves is the presence of liquid water, including the percolation of seawater into permeable firn layers. Here, we present evidence that most ice shelves around Antarctica have regions where permeable firn exists below sea level. We find that seawater infiltration into ice shelves may be much more widespread in Antarctica than previously recognised. Finally, we identify the locations where seawater infiltration is most likely to occur, with the intention that the results may be used to direct future radar studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, ice shelves, brine infiltration
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Cook, S (Dr Sue Cook)
UTAS Author:Galton-Fenzi, BK (Dr Ben Galton-Fenzi)
UTAS Author:Coleman, R (Professor Richard Coleman)
ID Code:129626
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2018-12-11
Last Modified:2019-02-26
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