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Surface elevation, ice thickness, and subglacial-bedrock topography of Ekstroüm Ice Shelf (Antarctica) and its catchment area

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Ekstroöm Ice Shelf and its catchment area form a comparatively small (∼29 000 km2) drainage system in northern Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Aerialaltimetry and radio-echo-sounding data of this region have been used to derive detailed maps of ice-surface and bedrock topographies and ice thickness. With the new database the volumes of the floating and grounded ice in the drainage system are calculated to be ∼3200 km3 and ∼16 000km3, respectively. This corresponds to a total ice mass of ∼17000 Gt. Four significant graben-like depressions in the bedrock topography have been identified, which incline from inland towards the grounding line and are up to ∼16 km wide there. These structures coincide with the particular zones of concentrated ice flux into the ice shelf. The total mean annual mass discharge over the grounding line of the larger western part and the smaller eastern part of Ekström Ice Shelf is estimated to be about 3.7 Gt and 0.4 Gt, respectively. Both parts represent individual ice-shelf systems with different catchment areas, geometric characteristics and flow regimes.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2000

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