Antarctic Science



Basal melting along the floating part of Byrd Glacier


JAMES P. KENNEALLY a1 and TERENCE J. HUGHES a2
a1 Department of Physics, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5790, USA
a2 Department of Earth Sciences, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5790, USA

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kenneally jp   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
hughes tj   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

A mass balance calculation was made for the floating part of Byrd Glacier, using 1978–79 ice elevation and velocity data, over the 45 km of Byrd Glacier from its grounding line to where it leaves its fjord and merges with the Ross Ice Shelf. Smoothed basal melting rates were relatively uniform over this distance and averaged 12 ± 2 m yr−1.

(Received January 6 2004)
(Accepted May 18 2004)


Key Words: Antarctic Ice Sheet; grounding line; mass balance; Ross Ice Shelf.


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