Tracing the depth of the Holocene ice in North Greenland from radio-echo sounding data

Nanna B. Karlsson, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, S. Prasad Gogineni, John D. Paden

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Abstract

Radio-echo sounding surveys over the Greenland ice sheet show clear, extensive internal layering, and comparisons with age-depth scales from deep ice cores allow for dating of the layering along the ice divide. We present one of the first attempts to extend the dated layers beyond the ice core drill sites by locating the depth of the Bølling-Allerød transition in >400 flight-lines using an automated fitting method. Results show that the transition is located in the upper one-third of the ice column in the central part of North Greenland, while the transition lowers towards the margin. This pattern mirrors the present surface accumulation, and also indicates that a substantial amount of pre-Holocene ice must be present in central North Greenland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-50
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Glaciology
Volume54
Issue number64
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 5: Nature and Climate

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