Journal article

Measured velocities and ice flow in Wilkes Land, Antarctica

NW Young, ID Goodwin, NWJ Hazelton, RJ Thwaites

Annals of Glaciology | Published : 1989


Ice velocity, surface elevation, and ice thickness were measured along oversnow traverse routes in the sector of Wilkes Land, East Antarctica, bounded by long. 93° and 131°E, and the coast and lat. 75°S. The velocity measurements show that the ice flow varies smoothly in both direction and magnitude over a distance scale of at least 20 times the ice thickness, and that it is in the direction of the surface slope averaged over a similar distance scale. A comparison of the mean horizontal shear strain-rate with the driving stress supports a power-law relation for the bulk rheology of the ice sheet with an exponent between 3 and 3.2

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