Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 4233–4251, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 4233–4251, 2020
Research article
02 Dec 2020
Research article | 02 Dec 2020

Mapping the age of ice of Gauligletscher combining surface radionuclide contamination and ice flow modeling

Guillaume Jouvet et al.

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We show that plutonium is an effective tracer to identify ice originating from the early 1960s at the surface of a mountain glacier after a long time within the ice flow, giving unique information on the long-term former ice motion. Combined with ice flow modelling, the dating can be extended to the entire glacier, and we show that an airplane which crash-landed on the Gauligletscher in 1946 will likely soon be released from the ice close to the place where pieces have emerged in recent years.