Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 15, 4117–4133, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4117-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4117–4133, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-4117-2021

Research article 27 Aug 2021

Research article | 27 Aug 2021

Rapid and accurate polarimetric radar measurements of ice crystal fabric orientation at the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide ice core site

Tun Jan Young et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (14 Jan 2021) by Kenichi Matsuoka
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ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Mar 2021) by Kenichi Matsuoka
RR by Martin Rongen (26 Mar 2021)
RR by Reinhard Drews (01 Apr 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Apr 2021) by Kenichi Matsuoka
AR by TJ Young on behalf of the Authors (13 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (01 Jul 2021) by Kenichi Matsuoka
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Short summary
If the molecules that make up ice are oriented in specific ways, the ice becomes softer and enhances flow. We use radar to measure the orientation of ice molecules in the top 1400 m of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide. Our results match those from an ice core extracted 10 years ago and conclude that the ice flow has not changed direction for the last 6700 years. Our methods are straightforward and accurate and can be applied in places across ice sheets unsuitable for ice coring.