Widespread complex flow in the interior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Bamber, Jonathan L.; Vaughan, David G.; Joughin, Ian. 2000 Widespread complex flow in the interior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Science, 287 (5456). 1248-1250. 10.1126/science.287.5456.1248

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It has been suggested that as much as 90% of the discharge from the Antarctic Ice Sheet is drained through a small number of fast-moving ice streams and outlet glaciers fed by relatively stable and inactive catchment areas. Here, evidence obtained from balance velocity estimates suggests that each major drainage basin is fed by complex systems of tributaries that penetrate up to 1000 kilometers from the grounding line into the interior of the ice sheet. This finding has important consequences for the modeled or estimated dynamic response time of past and present ice sheets to climate forcing.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1126/science.287.5456.1248
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 00368075
Date made live: 14 Nov 2012 15:08 +0 (UTC)

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