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Spatial depth distribution of the subglacial bed and internal layers in the ice around NGRIP, Greenland, derived with airborne RES
Author(s): Uwe Nixdorf; Fidan Goektas
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Paper Abstract

In 1996 and 1997 an airborne RES survey was flown in the context of the North Greenland Ice Core Project (NGRIP). At 75.10 degrees N and 40.30 degrees W a deep ice core is being drilled for palaeoclimate studies with the objective to recover an undisturbed Eemian sequence. The present survey was specially designed to determine with high lateral resolution the bed topography and the layering of internal reflectors in the vicinity around the drill site. A total of 19,000 km of profiles were flown yielding a rectangular flight pattern with side lengths of 222 km respectively 210 km on 16 flights. The spacing between two flight tracks is about 10 km for most of the area and about 2.5 km in the center of the grid. Detailed maps of ice thickness and subglacial topography have been produced. Moreover a data set was acquired that enables an independent stratigraphic control on the ice core record of NGRIP. From the map of subglacial topography and from selected profiles the bed of NGRIP can be denoted as perfectly flat particularly when compared to the region of GRIP/GISP2. There is no obvious reason, why flow disturbances eventually might have altered the stratigraphic order in the lower part of the ice sheet at least up to 30 km upstream NGRIP. On the basis of the present study NGRIP seems to be an ideally chosen drill site in order to recover an undisturbed Eemian sequence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4084, Eighth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, (27 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.383567
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Uwe Nixdorf, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany)
Fidan Goektas, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4084:
Eighth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar
David A. Noon; Glen F. Stickley; Dennis Longstaff, Editor(s)

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