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Retreating glacier fronts on the Antarctic Peninsula over the past half-century

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DOI: 10.1126/science.1104235

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Abstract

The continued retreat of ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula has been widely attributed to recent atmospheric warming, but there is little published work describing changes in glacier margin positions. We present trends in 244 marine glacier fronts on the peninsula and associated islands over the past 61 years. Of these glaciers, 87% have retreated and a clear boundary between mean advance and retreat has migrated progressively southward. The pattern is broadly compatible with retreat driven by atmospheric warming, but the rapidity of the migration suggests that this may not be the sole driver of glacier retreat in this region.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Retreating glacier fronts on the Antarctic Peninsula over the past half-century
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.1104235
Volume
308
Issue:
5721
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
541
Last page:
544
Number of Pages:
4