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Just a big downer?


King, MA, Just a big downer?, Planet Earth, (AUTUMN) pp. 12-13. ISSN 1479-2605 (2009) [Refereed Article]


Matt King explains how the 1960's studies can help understand complex situation of fast changing Antarctic ice sheets. One of such studies focused on the Amery Ice Shelf in East Antarctica due south of India. Ice shelves do not impact sea level directly but have been shown to slow the flow of grounded ice into the oceans. They indicate climate change as the warmer oceans below and the air above can join to melt them. Matt explains how four researchers made their home on Amery's snowy surface, placing survey marker poles in the ice in the form of Vauxhall drive shafts that stuck six-meter out of the ice every 3-7km and made calculations between poles. Matt lead a team of six researchers in a search for the poles in the 1990s and feels that the Amery Ice Shelf will become a standard for future measurements of ice sheets.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:King, MA (Professor Matt King)
ID Code:81993
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-01-14
Last Modified:2013-01-14

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