Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
The Cryosphere, 14, 2173–2187, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 2173–2187, 2020

Research article 06 Jul 2020

Research article | 06 Jul 2020

The MOSAiC ice floe: sediment-laden survivor from the Siberian shelf

Thomas Krumpen et al.

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