Accession Number:

AD0644596

Title:

EFFECT OF A BASAL WATER LAYER ON THE DIMENSIONS OF ICE SHEETS.

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.,

Corporate Author:

COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The effect of a basal water layer on the equilibrium dimensions of an ice sheet is examined. A thick water layer can decrease the equilibrium thickness of an ice sheet such as covers Antarctica which contains no significant ablational areas by a factor of the order of 2. Similar large changes in the equilibrium dimensions occur for ice-age ice sheets which have extensive ablational areas. The extent of the ablation area of an ice-age ice sheet which may be covered with morainal debris also is calculated. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE