Ground ice in the Northern Foothills, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica
Abstract:This progress report classifies the different types of ground-ice bodies that occur in the Northern Foothills, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Oxygen isotope variations are presented, but interpretation is kept to a minimum pending further investigations. Surface ice, as distinct from moving glacier ice, occurs in the form of widespread buried ('dead') glacier ice lying beneath ablation (sublimation) till, together with perennial lake ice, snow banks and icing-blister ice. 'Dry' permafrost is uncommon, and interstitial ice is usually present at the base of the active layer and in the near-surface permafrost. This probably reflects the supply of moisture from the Ross Sea and limited sublimation under today's climate. Intrusive ice occurs as layers within perennial lake-ice covers and gives rise to small icing blisters. Small ice wedges found beneath the furrows of high-centered polygons appear to agree with the model of sublimation-till development proposed by Marchant and others (2002).
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2004
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