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Internal ice-sheet radar layer profiles and their relation to reflection mechanisms between Dome C and the Transantarctic Mountains

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Abstract:

Causes of ice-sheet layering at ice depths greater than about 900 m in a transect between Dome C and the Transantarctic Mountains are examined using 60 MHz radar data, collected in the 1970s by the U.K.-U.S.-Danish collaboration. Normally, a dual-frequency technique is required for accurate determination of internal reflection mechanisms. However, by extracting the depth-related features of 60 MHz radar profiles and comparing them with the dual-frequency data collected by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition, we have identified a simple method to estimate internal reflection mechanisms. Two zones can be distinguished: (1) the CA zone, where change in electrical conductivity due to variation in acidity is the major cause of internal reflection, and (2) the PCOF zone, where change in dielectric permittivity due to crystal-orientation fabrics is the major cause of internal reflections. Our analysis shows that the radar data reveal the development of PCOF zones in regions where large amounts of ice shearing are expected. This analysis shows how a similar interpretation of the full radar-data archive may reveal information on internal reflection mechanisms across a large part of the East Antarctic ice sheet.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3189/172756501781832205

Publication date: 2001-03-01

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