The grounding-zone wedge inventory on the Amundsen Sea Embayment shelf, West Antarctica: formation processes and significance for establishing reliable post-LGM retreat chronologies


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Grounding-zone wedges (GZW) have been mapped on many of the formerly glaciated continental shelves around Antarctica. These GZWs record periods of grounding-line (GL) stillstand during general ice-sheet retreat following the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; 26-19 ka BP; kiloyears before present). The presence of GZWs along the axis of a palaeo-ice stream trough therefore indicates a style of episodic GL retreat during the migration from its initial position at the LGM to its modern position. However, precise chronological constraints for both the onset and duration of these stillstands are still lacking. Consequently, the role of GZW formation in modulating post-LGM ice-sheet retreat, and therefore ice-sheet stability cannot be reliably quantified. Additionally, this information is also vital for calculating reliable retreat rates during the past, which are essential for evaluating and understanding the significance of modern, locally very high retreat rates of glaciers draining into the Amundsen Sea Embayment.



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AGU Fall Meeting 2015, 14 Dec 2015 - 19 Dec 2015, San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Klages, J. P. , Kuhn, G. , Hillenbrand, C. D. , Smith, J. A. , Graham, A. G. C. , Gohl, K. and Wacker, L. (2015): The grounding-zone wedge inventory on the Amundsen Sea Embayment shelf, West Antarctica: formation processes and significance for establishing reliable post-LGM retreat chronologies , AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco, CA, USA, 14 December 2015 - 19 December 2015 .


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