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Exploration of subsurface Antarctica : uncovering past changes and modern processes.

Siegert, M.J. and Jamieson, S.S.R. and White, D. (2018) 'Exploration of subsurface Antarctica : uncovering past changes and modern processes.', in Exploration of subsurface Antarctica : uncovering past changes and modern processes. London: Geological Society of London, pp. 1-6. Special publication. (461).

Abstract

The Antarctic continent, which contains enough ice to raise sea level globally by around 60 m, is the last major scientific frontier on our planet. We know far more about the surfaces of the Moon, Mars and around half of Pluto than we do about the underside of the Antarctic ice sheet. Geophysical exploration is the key route to measuring the ice sheet's internal structure and the land on which the ice rests. From such measurements, we are able to reveal how the ice sheet flows, and how it responds to atmospheric and ocean warming. By examining landscapes that have been moulded by former ice flow, we are able to identify how the ice sheet behaved in the past. Geophysics is therefore critical to understanding change in Antarctica.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1144/SP461.15
Publisher statement:© 2018 The Author(s). Published by The Geological Society of London. Gold Open Access: This article is published under the terms of the CC-BY 3.0 license.
Date accepted:15 May 2017
Date deposited:06 July 2017
Date of first online publication:25 September 2017
Date first made open access:No date available

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