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Entry beneath ice

Ice shelves in West Antarctica have been shown to melt where warm circumpolar deep water enters a sub-shelf cavity. A bathymetric reconstruction of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica suggests that the same process may be at work there.

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Figure 1: Sea bed beneath Totten Glacier Ice Shelf.

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Fretwell, P. Entry beneath ice. Nature Geosci 8, 253–254 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2396

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