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THE ICE SHELF OF PETERMANN GLETSCHER, NORTH GREENLAND, AND ITS CONNECTION TO THE ARCTIC AND ATLANTIC OCEANS
2016 (English)In: Oceanography, ISSN 1042-8275, Vol. 29, no 4, SI, 84-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Petermann Gletscher in North Greenland features the second largest floating ice shelf in the Northern Hemisphere. This paper describes the history of its exploration and presents new ocean and glacier observations. We find that the floating ice shelf is strongly coupled to the ocean below and to Nares Strait at time scales from tidal to interannual. Our observations cover the 2012 to 2016 period after two large calving events took place in 2010 and 2012 that reduced the ice shelf area by 380 km(2) to about 870 km(2) today. A potential third breakup, of an additional 150 km(2), is anticipated by a large fracture that extends from the margin to the center of the glacier.

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2016. Vol. 29, no 4, SI, 84-95 p.
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SWEDARCTIC 2015, Petermann 2015
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URN: urn:nbn:se:polar:diva-3389DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2016.101OAI: oai:DiVA.org:polar-3389DiVA: diva2:1075186
Available from: 2017-02-17 Created: 2017-02-17 Last updated: 2017-02-17Bibliographically approved

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