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Drainage network and basin for southern Greenland with location inset.  This flow network shows the channels documented beneath the ice, and show a possible configuration for flow pre-glacially, as well as in the future.

Ancient river basin helps explain location of world’s fastest flowing glacier

Michael Cooper and colleagues from Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences, the Cabot Institute and Imperial College London studied the bedrock in Greenland using data collected mainly by NASA through Operation Ice Bridge.  This data is collected by aircraft using ice penetrating radar, which bounces back off the bedrock underneath the ice. The research provides an insight […]

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Sampling the Southern Ocean – Erik Mackie, University of Bristol

The Southern Ocean is the only place on Earth where the ocean circles the entire globe, forming a unique connection between the major ocean basins of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Through this connection, the Southern Ocean plays a fundamental role in the global ocean circulation, as a “mixing bowl” for different types of water masses. The Southern […]

Modelled sea surface temperature response to Antarctic ice growth for the Eocene (a) and Oligocene (b) palaeogeographies. Note the major differences in the South Pacific and Southern Ocean.

The formation and evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheet : a combined model-data approach – Alan Kennedy, University of Bristol

The Antarctic ice sheet formed approximately 34 million years ago at the Eocene-Oligocene Transition (EOT): a period of large-scale shifts in climate.  The role that plate tectonics had during this period of global cooling in influencing global climate and, in particular, the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet remains uncertain.   In my research, I […]

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