Some Characteristics of Grounded Floebergs near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska,
COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H
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Some physical characteristics of two grounded floebergs fragments of multi-year pressure ridges near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, are described. Cross-sectional profiles of the sails and keels of both floebergs were obtained. A sail to keel ratio of 1 to 3.38 obtained with one floeberg was found to be in good agreement with previous investigations. A survey of the sea floor for evidence of scoring induced during grounding yielded a maximum depth of gouging of 1.1m. Additional studies included investigations of the internal structure of the floebergs, and a brief examination of the organic and sedimentary debris found entrained within the floebergs. The grounding of ice on the continental shelves of the Arctic is of considerable interest to those concerned with the development and impact of development of these continental shelves. The field study reported here provides information useful in assessing the nature and characteristics of interactions between floebergs and the sea bed on which they are grounded.
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