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L. K. Zoet, B. Carpenter, M. Scuderi, R. B. Alley, S. Anandakrishnan, C. Marone and M. Jackson The effects of entrained debris on the basal sliding stability of a glacier Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 118

Article first published online: 20 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrf.20052

Key Points

  • Debris entrained with in basal ice can dictate how a glacier will slide
  • Frictional heat between clasts and bed melts ice producing lubricating water
  • Experiments show stick-slip is common between debris-laden ice and bedrock

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