Nicholls, K. W.; Abrahamsen, E. P.; Buck, J. J. H.; Dodd, P. A.; Goldblatt, C.; Griffiths, G.; Heywood, K. J.; Hughes, N. E.; Kaletzky, A.; Lane-Serff, G. F.; McPhail, S. D.; Millard, N. W.; Oliver, K. I. C.; Perrett, J.; Price, M. R.; Pudsey, C. J.; Saw, K.; Stansfield, K.; Stott, M. J.; Wadhams, P.; Webb, A. T. and Wilkinson, J. P.
|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://doi.org/10.1029/2006GL025998|
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The cavities beneath Antarctic ice shelves are among the least studied regions of the World Ocean, yet they are sites of globally important water mass transformations. Here we report results from a mission beneath Fimbul Ice Shelf of an autonomous underwater vehicle. The data reveal a spatially complex oceanographic environment, an ice base with widely varying roughness, and a cavity periodically exposed to water with a temperature significantly above the surface freezing point. The results of this, the briefest of glimpses of conditions in this extraordinary environment, are already reforming our view of the topographic and oceanographic conditions beneath ice shelves, holding out great promises for future missions from similar platforms.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)|
|Depositing User:||Kevin Oliver|
|Date Deposited:||21 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||02 Aug 2016 13:10|
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