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Differences in ice retreat across Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica, since the Last Glacial Maximum: Indications from multichannel seismic reflection data

January 1, 2007

An understanding of the glacial history of Pine Island Bay (PIB) is essential for refining models of the future
stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). New multichannel seismic reflection data from inner PIB are
interpreted in context of previously published reconstructions for the retreat history in this area since the Last Glacial
Maximum. Differences in the behavior of the ice sheet during deglaciation are shown to exist for the western and
eastern parts of PIB. While we can identify only a thin veneer of sedimentary deposits in western PIB, eastern PIB
shows sedimentary layers ≤ 400 msTWT. This is interpreted as a result of differences in ice retreat: a fast ice retreat in
western PIB accompanied by rapid basal melting led to production of large meltwater streams, a slower ice retreat in
eastern PIB is most probably the result of smaller drainage basins resulting in less meltwater production.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2007
Title Differences in ice retreat across Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica, since the Last Glacial Maximum: Indications from multichannel seismic reflection data
DOI 10.3133/ofr20071047SRP084
Authors G. Uenzelmann-Neben, K. Gohl, R.D. Larter, P. Schlüter
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2007-1047-SRP-084
Index ID ofr20071047SRP084
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization