During the 1976-77 Antarctic field season, electrical resistivity profiling was carried out in the south-eastern quadrant of the Ross Ice Shelf. Drilling to a depth slightly greater than 300 m at the same site, where the total ice thickness is 425 m, permitted tem-perature determinations (personal communication from B. L. Hanson and J. H. Rand) that can be extrapolated to the ice-water boundary. Numerical modelling of the apparent resistivity, allowing for a continuous variation of temperature and density, and hence con-ductivity, with depth, was done in the same manner as has been described previously (Bentley, 1977). Temperatures calculated by assuming no basal melting or freezing show excellent agreement with those measured. Two models of apparent resistivity, taking the activation energy in the solid ice to be 0.15 eV and 0.25 eV, respectively, bracket the observed data, with the points tending to favor the lower value. This is in satisfactory agreement with (although perhaps slightly lower than) other measurements on polar ice. Assuming that the same temperature model applies at the site of the earlier measurements (Bentley, 1977), only 30 km away and approximately "up-stream", leads to apparent resistivity models, with activation energies of 0.15 eV and 0.25 eV, that again bracket the observations. The effect of other possible causes for the change of conductivity with depth besides temperature, such as varying grain size, crystal orientation, CO2 content, etc., is unknown but believed to be small because of the similar history of all the ice in the relevant depth range, about 100-350 In, over which the conductivity increases by a factor of 2. The conductivity in the ice at 100 m depth (temperature —23°C) at both sites is within ± 10% of 1.4 × 10-5 Ω-1. We conclude that an activation energy of 0.20 ± 0.05 eV not only can be used for modelling, but also closely represents the true value for ice-shelf ice.