The subglacial thermal organisation (STO) of ice sheets

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dc.contributor.author Kleman, Johan
dc.contributor.author Glasser, Neil F.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-12T15:34:01Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-12T15:34:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03
dc.identifier.citation Kleman , J & Glasser , N F 2007 , ' The subglacial thermal organisation (STO) of ice sheets ' Quaternary Science Reviews , vol 26 , no. 5-6 , pp. 585-597 . , 10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.12.010 en
dc.identifier.issn 0277-3791
dc.identifier.other PURE: 94611
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1583
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1583
dc.description Glasser, Neil, Kleman, J., (2007) 'The subglacial thermal organisation (STO) of ice sheets', Quaternary Science Reviews 26(5-6) pp.585-597 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract This paper examines ice-sheet wide variations in subglacial thermal regime and ice dynamics using the landform record exposed on the beds of former mid-latitude ice sheets (the Laurentide, Cordilleran, Fennoscandian and British-Irish Ice Sheets). We compare the landform patterns beneath these former ice sheets to the flow organisation beneath parts of the contemporary Antarctic Ice Sheet inferred from RADARSAT-1 Antarctic Mapping Project (RAMP) data. The evidence preserved in the landform record and observed on contemporary ice masses can be grouped into four major ice-dynamical components that collectively define the subglacial thermal organisation (STO) of ice sheets. These ice-dynamical components are frozen-bed patches, ice streams, ice-stream tributaries and lateral shear zones. Frozen-bed patches appear at a wide range of spatial scales, spanning four orders of magnitude. In some areas, frozen-bed zones comprise large proportions of the bed (e.g. near the ice divide in continental areas), whilst in other areas they constitute isolated “islands” in areas dominated by thawed-bed conditions. Ice streams, narrow zones of fast flow in ice sheets that are otherwise dominated by slow sheet flow, are also common features of Quaternary ice sheets. Tributaries to ice streams flow at velocities intermediate between full ice-stream and sheet flow, and may divert ice drainage from one primary ice-stream corridor to an adjacent one. Sharp lateral boundaries between landforms indicate sliding and non-sliding conditions, respectively. These lateral boundaries represent important discontinuities in the glacial landscape and mark the location of shear zones between thawed-bed ice streams and intervening frozen-bed areas. We use the landform evidence in the area around Great Bear Lake, Canada to trace the evolution of an ice-stream web through time, demonstrating that frozen-bed patches are integral components of this complex system. We conclude that frozen-bed patches are important for the stability of ice sheets because they laterally constrain and isolate peripheral drainage basins and their ice streams en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Quaternary Science Reviews en
dc.title The subglacial thermal organisation (STO) of ice sheets en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.12.010
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Centre for Glaciology en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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