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Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 451-467, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-451-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 11, 451-467, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-451-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Feb 2017

Research article | 08 Feb 2017

Connected subglacial lake drainage beneath Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica

Benjamin E. Smith et al.
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ceBridge LVIS L2 Geolocated Surface Elevation Product J. B. Blair and M. Hofton https://doi.org/10.5067/OIKFGJNBM6OO

IceBridge Riegl Laser Altimeter L2 Geolocated Surface Elevation Triplets, Version 1. Boulder, Colorado USA D. D. Blankenship, S. D. Kempf, D. A. Young, J. L. Roberts, T. van Ommen, R. Forsberg, M. J. Siegert, S. J. Palmer, and J. A. Dowdeswell https://doi.org/10.5067/JV9DENETK13E

IceBridge ATM L1B Qfit Elevation and Return Strength W. Krabil https://doi.org/10.5067/DZYN0SKIG6F

IceBridge MCoRDS L2 Ice Thickness, Version 1 C. Leuschen, P. Gogineni, F. Rodriguez-Morales, J. Paden, and C. Allen https://doi.org/10.5067/GDQ0CUCVTE2Q

MEaSUREs Antarctic Grounding Line from Differential Satellite Radar Interferometry E. Rignot, J. Mouginot, and B. Scheuchl https://doi.org/10.1029/2011GL047109

MEaSUREs InSAR-Based Antarctica Ice Velocity Map E. Rignot, J. Mouginot, and B. Scheuchl https://doi.org/10.5067/MEASURES/CRYOSPHERE/nsidc-0484.001

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In this paper we investigate elevation changes of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, one of the main sources of excess ice discharge into the ocean. We find that in early 2013, four subglacial lakes separated by 100 km drained suddenly, discharging more than 3 km3 of water under the fastest part of the glacier in less than 6 months. Concurrent ice-speed measurements show only minor changes, suggesting that ice dynamics are not strongly sensitive to changes in water flow.
In this paper we investigate elevation changes of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, one of the...
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