Airborne geophysics as a tool for geoscientific research in Antarctica: some recent examples

Ferraccioli, Fausto ORCID:; Jones, P.C.; Leat, Philip; Jordan, Tom A. ORCID: 2007 Airborne geophysics as a tool for geoscientific research in Antarctica: some recent examples. In: Cooper, A.K.; Raymond, C.R., (eds.) Antarctica: a keystone in a changing world. Online proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, Santa Barbara, California, August 26 - September 1, 2007. National Academy Press, 4pp.

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The polar regions play an important role in Earth's geodynamic and climatic systems. Modern airborne geophysical surveys combine radio-echo sounding, aeromagnetic and aerogravity methods to explore the geology of these regions. This paper reviews some recent aerogeophysical investigations undertaken by the British Antarctic Survey to: 1) Image subglacial rifts of Jurassic age in western Dronning Maud Land, which were associated with early Gondwana break-up; 2) Investigate crustal growth over the Antarctic Peninsula by Cretaceous arc magmatism and terrane accretion along the paleo-Pacific margin of Gondwana; 3) Analyse geological boundary conditions for presentday ice dynamics over Coats Land.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Global Science in the Antarctic Context (2005-2009) > Long-Term Monitoring and Survey – Geosciences Division
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Date made live: 08 Mar 2011 13:52 +0 (UTC)

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