Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 11, 427–442, 2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 427–442, 2017

Research article 08 Feb 2017

Research article | 08 Feb 2017

Simultaneous disintegration of outlet glaciers in Porpoise Bay (Wilkes Land), East Antarctica, driven by sea ice break-up

Bertie W. J. Miles et al.

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Short summary
We observe a large simultaneous calving event in Porpoise Bay, East Antarctica, where ~ 2900 km2 of ice was removed from floating glacier tongues between January and April 2007. This event was caused by the break-up of the multi-year sea ice usually occupies the bay, which we link to climatic forcing. We also observe a similar large calving event in March 2016 (~ 2200 km2), which we link to the long-term calving cycle of Holmes (West) Glacier.