Submarine Moraines in Southeast Greenland Fjords Reveal Contrasting Outlet-Glacier Behavior since the Last Glacial Maximum
Geophysical Research Letters
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Batchelor, C., Dowdeswell, J., Rignot, E., & Millan, R. (2019). Submarine Moraines in Southeast Greenland Fjords Reveal Contrasting Outlet-Glacier Behavior since the Last Glacial Maximum. Geophysical Research Letters, 46 (6), 3279-3286. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL082556
Knowledge of the past behavior of the outlet glaciers of Southeast (SE) Greenland is necessary to understand and model spatial differences in the response of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) to climatic changes. Here we use bathymetric data to map the distribution of more than 50 major moraines in SE Greenland fjords. Inner-fjord moraines are widespread along the SE Greenland margin, occurring in 65% of the surveyed fjords. We identify, for the first time, nine midfjord moraines that span the approximately 150-km-long eastern margin of the Julianehåb Ice Cap. In contrast, midfjord moraines are generally absent from the deeper and wider fjords of the SE GIS. The variable distribution of midfjord moraines along the SE Greenland margin reveals contrasting behavior of the SE GIS and the eastern Julianehåb Ice Cap during the last deglaciation, which probably reflects differences in fjord geometry and exposure to ocean heat.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL082556
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/290940
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