Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 12, 2741–2757, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2741–2757, 2018

Research article 24 Aug 2018

Research article | 24 Aug 2018

West Antarctic sites for subglacial drilling to test for past ice-sheet collapse

Perry Spector et al.


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 Aug 2018) by Arjen Stroeven
Short summary
Cosmogenic-nuclide analyses in bedrock recovered from below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet have the potential to establish whether and when large-scale deglaciation occurred in the past. Here we (i) discuss the criteria and considerations for subglacial drill sites, (ii) evaluate candidate sites in West Antarctica, and (iii) describe reconnaissance at three West Antarctic sites, focusing on the Pirrit Hills, which we present as a case study of site selection on the scale of an individual nunatak.