Exploration of subsurface Antarctica: uncovering past changes and modern processes

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Title: Exploration of subsurface Antarctica: uncovering past changes and modern processes
Authors: Siegert, MJ
Jamieson, SSR
White, D
Item Type: Journal Article
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.
Issue Date: 25-Sep-2017
Date of Acceptance: 12-May-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/51180
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1144/SP461.15
ISSN: 0305-8719
Publisher: Geological Society
Journal / Book Title: Geological Society Special Publications
Volume: Special Publications
Copyright Statement: © 2017 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.
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
British Council (UK)
Funder's Grant Number: NE/G00465X/3
Keywords: 04 Earth Sciences
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Article Number: 461
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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