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Glacier advance, ice-marginal lakes and routing of meltwater and sediment: Russell Glacier, Greenland

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The ice-sheet margin at Russell Glacier, West Greenland, advanced ∼7 m a−1between 1968 and 1999. As the ice advanced over moraine ridges, small changes in position caused major changes in the routing of proglacial water and sediment. These included changes in the distribution of ice-marginal lakes, in the periodic drainage of ice-dammed lakes, in the routing and sediment content of meltwater draining into the proglacial zone, and in the release of sediment from the moraines by erosion and mass movements. Proglacial hydrology and sediment flux appear to be controlled not simply by glacier mass balance, but by evolving ice-marginal geomorphology, which must be accounted for in palaeoenvironmental interpretation of proglacial sediments.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2000

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