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Volume 12, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 12, 505–520, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-505-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 12, 505–520, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-505-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 09 Feb 2018

Research article | 09 Feb 2018

Recent rift formation and impact on the structural integrity of the Brunt Ice Shelf, East Antarctica

Jan De Rydt et al.
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We provide an unprecedented view into the dynamics of two active rifts in the Brunt Ice Shelf through a unique set of field observations, novel satellite data products, and a state-of-the-art ice flow model. We describe the evolution of fracture width and length in great detail, pushing the boundaries of both spatial and temporal coverage, and provide a deeper insight into the process of iceberg formation, which exerts an important control over the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.
We provide an unprecedented view into the dynamics of two active rifts in the Brunt Ice Shelf...
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