Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 15, 3577–3593, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3577-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 3577–3593, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3577-2021
Research article
03 Aug 2021
Research article | 03 Aug 2021

Thermal legacy of a large paleolake in Taylor Valley, East Antarctica, as evidenced by an airborne electromagnetic survey

Krista F. Myers et al.

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Lake Fryxell, Antarctica, has undergone hundreds of meters of change in recent geologic history. However, there is disagreement on when lake levels were higher and by how much. This study uses resistivity data to map the subsurface conditions (frozen versus unfrozen ground) to map ancient shorelines. Our models indicate that Lake Fryxell was up to 60 m higher just 1500 to 4000 years ago. This amount of lake level change shows how sensitive these systems are to small changes in temperature.