Comment on “Friction at the bed does not control fast glacier flow”

Minchew, Brent M., Meyer, Colin R., Pegler, Samuel S., Lipovsky, Bradley P., Rempel, Alan W., Gudmundsson, Hilmar and Iverson, Neal R. (2019) Comment on “Friction at the bed does not control fast glacier flow”. Science, 363 (6427). eaau6055. ISSN 0036-8075

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Stearns and van der Veen (Reports, 20 July 2018, p. 273) conclude that fast glacier sliding is independent of basal drag (friction), even where drag balances most of the driving stress. This conclusion raises fundamental physical issues, the most striking of which is that sliding velocity would be independent of stresses imparted through the ice column, including gravitational driving stress.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 10:27
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 12:31

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