Snow Accumulation on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica

  1. Malcolm Mellor
  1. John A. Heap and
  2. Arthur S. Rundle

Published Online: 14 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/AR002p0119

Antarctic Snow and Ice Studies

Antarctic Snow and Ice Studies

How to Cite

Heap, J. A. and Rundle, A. S. (1971) Snow Accumulation on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, in Antarctic Snow and Ice Studies (ed M. Mellor), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/AR002p0119

Author Information

  1. Institute of Science and Technology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1971

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875901169

Online ISBN: 9781118669808

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Keywords:

  • Data reduction;
  • Dawson's trail;
  • Ross ice shelf;
  • Snow accumulation;
  • Stake accumulation method

Summary

The accumulation of snow near the northern edge of the Ross ice shelf, Antarctica, and along the 168°W meridian is reported as a result of almost 2000 accumulation stake measurements and study of snow stratigraphy in 31 pits. The average accumulation near the northern edge of the ice shelf for the years 1960 through 1962 is calculated to be 14.4 g/cm2. It is possible that the average accumulation reported here may be below the climatic average value by as much as 10–30 per cent.