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A site for deep ice coring in West Antarctica: results from aerogeophysical surveys and thermo-kinematic modeling

  • David L. Morse (a1), Donald D. Blankenship (a1), Edwin D. Waddington (a2) and Thomas A. Neumann (a2)

Abstract

The U.S. Science Plan for Deep Ice Coring in West Antarctica calls for two ice cores to be collected. the first of these cores, from Siple Dome, was completed during the 1997/98 field season. the second core is to be collected from a site near the divide that separates ice flowing to the Ross Sea and to the Amundsen Sea.Using high-resolution, grid-based aerogeophysical surveys of the Ross/Amundsen ice-divide region, we identify seven candidate sites and assess their suitability for deep coring. We apply ice-flow and temperature calculations to predict time-scales and annual-layer resolution, and to assess the potential for basal melting for several selected sites. We conclude that basal melting is likely for sites with very thick ice, as was observed at the Byrd core site. Nevertheless, these sites are most attractive for coring since they promise recovery of a long climate record with comparatively high time resolution during the last glacial period.

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