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The Cryosphere An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
The Cryosphere, 11, 2743-2753, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2743-2017
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05 Dec 2017
Centuries of intense surface melt on Larsen C Ice Shelf
Suzanne L. Bevan et al.

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Five 90 m boreholes drilled into an Antarctic Peninsula ice shelf show units of ice that are denser than expected and must have formed from refrozen surface melt which has been buried and transported downstream. We used surface flow speeds and snow accumulation rates to work out where and when these units formed. Results show that, as well as recent surface melt, a period of strong melt occurred during the 18th century. Surface melt is thought to be a factor in causing recent ice-shelf break-up.
Five 90 m boreholes drilled into an Antarctic Peninsula ice shelf show units of ice that are...
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