Imperial College London

ProfessorMartinSiegert

Faculty of Natural SciencesThe Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Co-Director,Grantham Institute forClimate Change&Environment
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 9666m.siegert Website

 
 
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Assistant

 

Ms Gosia Gayer +44 (0)20 7594 9666

 
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Location

 

Grantham Directors OfficeSherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@article{Siegert:2016:10.1002/2015JF003760,
author = {Siegert, MJ and Frederick, BC and Young, DA and Blankenship, DD and Richter, TG and Kempf, SD and Ferraccioli, F},
doi = {10.1002/2015JF003760},
journal = {Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface},
pages = {790--813},
title = {Distribution of subglacial sediments across the Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015JF003760},
volume = {121},
year = {2016}
}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

TY  - JOUR
AB - Topography, sediment distribution, and heat flux are all key boundary conditions governing the dynamics of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS). EAIS stability is most at risk in Wilkes Land across vast expanses of marine-based catchments including the 1400 km × 600 km expanse of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin (WSB) region. Data from a recent regional aerogeophysical survey (Investigating the Cryospheric Evolution of the Central Antarctic Plate (ICECAP)/IceBridge) are combined with two historical surveys (Wilkes basin/Transantarctic Mountains System Exploration-Ice-house Earth: Stability or DYNamism? (WISE-ISODYN) and Wilkes Land Transect (WLK)) to improve our understanding of the vast subglacial sedimentary basins impacting WSB ice flow and geomorphology across geologic time. Analyzing a combination of gravity, magnetic and ice-penetrating radar data, we present the first detailed subglacial sedimentary basin model for the WSB that defines distinct northern and southern subbasin isopachs with average sedimentary basin thicknesses of 1144 m ± 179 m and 1623 m ± 254 m, respectively. Notably, more substantial southern subbasin sedimentary deposition in the WSB interior supports a regional Wilkes Land hypothesis that basin-scale ice flow and associated glacial erosion is dictated by tectonic basement structure and the inherited geomorphology of preglacial fluvial networks. Orbital, temperate/polythermal glacial cycles emanating from adjacent alpine highlands during the early Miocene to late Oligocene likely preserved critical paleoclimatic data in subglacial sedimentary strata. Substantially thinner northern WSB subglacial sedimentary deposits are generally restricted to fault-controlled, channelized basins leading to prominent outlet glacier catchments suggesting a more dynamic EAIS during the Pliocene.
AU - Siegert,MJ
AU - Frederick,BC
AU - Young,DA
AU - Blankenship,DD
AU - Richter,TG
AU - Kempf,SD
AU - Ferraccioli,F
DO - 10.1002/2015JF003760
EP - 813
PY - 2016///
SN - 2169-9003
SP - 790
TI - Distribution of subglacial sediments across the Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica
T2 - Journal of Geophysical Research. Earth Surface
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015JF003760
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/32337
VL - 121
ER -