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B. R. Parizek, K. Christianson, S. Anandakrishnan, R. B. Alley, R. T. Walker, R. A. Edwards, D. S. Wolfe, G. T. Bertini, S. K. Rinehart, R. A. Bindschadler and S. M. J. Nowicki Dynamic (in)stability of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 118

Version of Record online: 16 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrf.20044

Key Points

  • If destabilized, Thwaites Glacier could retreat 100s km in less than a century
  • Stabilization on basal highs narrower than the grounding zone may be ephemeral
  • Stability on basal highs is enhanced by effectively-plastic beds

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