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Ice-fabrics study in the upper 1500 m of the Dome C (East Antarctica) deep ice core

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A study of c-axis orientations in the upper 1500 m of the Dome C (East Antarctica) deep ice core has been carried out using an automatic ice-fabric analyzer (AIFA). Twenty-nine vertical and a few horizontal thin sections from different depths in the core have been analyzed. Several statistical parameters describing fabric strength and fabric shapes have been calculated from the c-axis orientation data. The fabric diagrams display a near-random c-axis orientation distribution in the uppermost parts of the ice sheet. A tendency of c-axis rotation towards a broad single-maximum fabric is observed in the lowest part of the studied interval. The fabric development at Dome C thus appears typical for ice-sheet summit and dome sites. The fabric development at Dome C is compared with the fabric evolution in the Dome F and GRIP ice cores, and data on crystal size obtained with image-analysis techniques are presented. Studies of misorientation angles between the c axes of neighbouring crystals reveal little evidence for polygonization, but microscopic observations show that sub-grain boundaries are present in half of the grains at any depth.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2003

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