A remotely-operated underwater vehicle was used to map the ice, ocean, and seafloor conditions near the point where the floating Ross Ice Shelf meets the seafloor, also known as the grounding line. The study identified refreezing crevasses and geomorphological signatures of past grounding line retreat.
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This is a summary of: Lawrence, J. D. et al. Crevasse refreezing and signatures of retreat observed at Kamb Ice Stream grounding zone. Nat. Geosci. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-023-01129-y (2023).
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Robotic exploration of sub-ice shelf melting and freezing processes. Nat. Geosci. 16, 198–199 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-023-01130-5