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Radar diagnosis of the subglacial conditions in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
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2012 (English)In: The Cryosphere, ISSN 1994-0416, E-ISSN 1994-0424, Vol. 6, no 5, 1203-1219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to better understand the spatial distribution of subglacial environments, ground-based radar profiling data were analyzed for a total distance of similar to 3300 km across Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The relationship between geometrically corrected bed returned power [Pc bed] dB in decibels and ice thickness H was examined. When H is smaller than a critical value that varies according to location, [P-bed(c)](dB) tends to decrease relatively smoothly with increasing H, which is explicable primarily by the cumulative effect of dielectric attenuation within the ice. However, at locations where H is larger than the critical H values, anomalous increases and fluctuations in [P-bed(c)](dB) were observed, regardless of the choice of radar frequency or radar-pulse width. In addition, the amplitude of the fluctuations often range 10 similar to 20 dB. We argue that the anomalous increases are caused by higher bed reflectivity associated with the existence of subglacial water. We used these features to delineate frozen and temperate beds. Approximately two-thirds of the investigated area was found to have a temperate bed. The beds of the inland part of the ice sheet tend to be temperate, with the exception of subglacial high mountains. In contrast, the beds of coastal areas tend to be frozen, with the exception of fast-flowing ice on the subglacial lowland or troughs. We argue that this new analytical method can be applied to other regions.

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2012. Vol. 6, no 5, 1203-1219 p.
Keyword [en]
Antarctica, subglacial condition, radar, Dronning Maud Land, JASE
Keyword [sv]
Antarktis, bottentopografi, radar, Dronning Maud Land, JASE
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Physical Geography Geology
Research subject
Geophysics Specialized In Solid Earth
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84321DOI: 10.5194/tc-6-1203-2012ISI: 000310465500020OAI: diva2:579875
The Japanese - Swedish Antarctic Expedition
Swedish Research Council
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