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Holocene reconfiguration and readvance of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3048-7916
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Number of Authors: 52018 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 9, article id 3176Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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How ice sheets respond to changes in their grounding line is important in understanding ice sheet vulnerability to climate and ocean changes. The interplay between regional grounding line change and potentially diverse ice flow behaviour of contributing catchments is relevant to an ice sheet's stability and resilience to change. At the last glacial maximum, marine-based ice streams in the western Ross Sea were fed by numerous catchments draining the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Here we present geomorphological and acoustic stratigraphic evidence of ice sheet reorganisation in the South Victoria Land (SVL) sector of the western Ross Sea. The opening of a grounding line embayment unzipped ice sheet sub-sectors, enabled an ice flow direction change and triggered enhanced flow from SVL outlet glaciers. These relatively small catchments behaved independently of regional grounding line retreat, instead driving an ice sheet readvance that delivered a significant volume of ice to the ocean and was sustained for centuries.

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2018. Vol. 9, article id 3176
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160117DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05625-3ISI: 000441157600011PubMedID: 30093609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160117DiVA, id: diva2:1248881
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-09-17Bibliographically approved

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