Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 151–158, 2016
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 151–158, 2016

  06 Apr 2016

06 Apr 2016

Subglacial landforms beneath Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica: detailed bed topography from ice-penetrating radar

Edward C. King et al.

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Large, fast-moving glaciers create long, linear mounds of sediments covering large areas. Understanding how these features form has been hampered by a lack of data from the bed of modern-day ice sheets. We give a detailed view of the landscape beneath an Antarctic glacier called Rutford Ice Stream. We towed a radar system back and forth across the glacier to measure the ice thickness every few metres. This is the first place such a highly detailed view of the sub-ice landscape has been created.