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Draping or overriding : the effect of horizontal stress gradients on internal layer architecture in ice sheets.

Hindmarsh, R. C. A. and Leysinger Vieli, G. J.-M. C. and Raymond, M. J. and Gudmundsson, G. H. (2006) 'Draping or overriding : the effect of horizontal stress gradients on internal layer architecture in ice sheets.', Journal of geophysical research : earth surface., 111 . F02018.

Abstract

Internal isochronic layers in ice sheets sensed by radar show two characteristic relationships to the basal topography: Either they override it, with layers above the crests of rises lying essentially flat, or they drape over it, with the layers following rises and falls in basal topography. A mechanical theory is presented which shows that overriding is the expected behavior when topographic wavelengths are comparable with or less than the ice thickness, while draping occurs at longer wavelengths. This is shown with analytical perturbation solutions for Newtonian fluids, numerical perturbation solutions for nonlinear fluids, and finite element solutions for nonlinear fluids and large-amplitude variations. Bed variation from topography and changes in the basal boundary condition are considered, for fixed bed and sliding beds, as well as three-dimensional flows and thermomechanically coupled flows. In all cases, the dominant effect on draping/overriding is the wavelength of the topography or variation in basal boundary conditions. Results of these full mechanical system calculations are compared with those from the shallow ice approximation and the longitudinal stress approximation. Some calculations are carried out for zero accumulation, where the age of the ice and therefore isochrone geometry is not defined. It is shown that there is a close relationship between isochrones and streamlines, and that they behave similarly when bed wavelength divided by the ice thickness is small compared with the ratio of ice velocity and accumulation rate, which is a useful approximation. Numerical comparisons of isochrones and streamlines show them to be virtually coincident.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Ice-sheet mechanics, Isochrons, Radar layer.
Full text:PDF - Published Version (947Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2005JF000309
Publisher statement:© 2006 American Geophysical Union. Hindmarsh, R. C. A. and Leysinger Vieli, G. J.-M. C. and Raymond, M. J. and Gudmundsson, G. H., (2006), 'Draping or overriding : the effect of horizontal stress gradients on internal layer architecture in ice sheets.', Journal of geophysical research : earth surface., 111, F02018, 10.1029/2005JF000309 (DOI). To view the published open abstract, go to http://dx.doi.org and enter the DOI.
Record Created:06 Oct 2008
Last Modified:07 Sep 2011 12:05

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