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External influences on the Mertz Glacier Tongue (East Antarctica) in the decade leading up to its calving in 2010

Massom, Robert A.; Giles, A. Barry; Warner, Roland C.; Fricker, Helen A.; Legrésy, Benoit; Hyland, Glenn; Lescarmontier, Lydie; Young, Neal


The Mertz Glacier Tongue (MGT) in East Antarctica lost ~55% of its floating length in February 2010, when it calved large tabular iceberg C28 (78 × 35 km). We analyze the behavior of the MGT over the preceding 12 years using a variety of satellite data (synthetic aperture radar and Landsat imagery and Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite laser altimetry). Contact of its northwestern tip with the eastern flank of shoals from 2002/2003 caused eastward deflection of the ice flow by up to ~47°....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-03-14
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
DOI: 10.1002/2014JF003223


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