Basal glacier ice and massive ground ice: Different scientists, same science?

Waller, Richard I, Murton, Julian B and Knight, Peter G (2009) Basal glacier ice and massive ground ice: Different scientists, same science? Geological Society Special Publication (320). pp. 57-69. ISSN 03058719

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Whilst glaciologists and permafrost researchers investigate ice bodies using similar techniques, there has been surprisingly little collaboration between the two communities. This paper examines the potential benefits of interdisciplinary research into the formation of basal ice beneath glaciers and the origin of massive ice in glaciated permafrost regions. Active collaboration in these areas has already improved our understanding of the formation of basal ice beneath cold-based glaciers, the critical role played by basal freezing in controlling the dynamic behaviour of stagnating ice streams and the significance of glacier-permafrost interactions at the margins of Pleistocene ice sheets. However, in order to promote future collaboration certain obstacles need to be overcome. The contrasting ice-classification schemes employed by glaciologists and permafrost scientists, for example, need to be unified in order to allow detailed comparisons of ice-rich sequences in both environments. This could, in turn, enable exciting research advances, most notably by facilitating the identification of preserved remnants of Pleistocene ice sheets within permafrost regions that provide a potentially invaluable and currently largely untapped source of palaeoglaciological information.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Julian Murton
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:14
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 13:17
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