Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 677–694, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-677-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 677–694, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-677-2021

Research article 12 Feb 2021

Research article | 12 Feb 2021

Crystallographic analysis of temperate ice on Rhonegletscher, Swiss Alps

Sebastian Hellmann et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (21 Sep 2020) by Olivier Gagliardini
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 Dec 2020) by Olivier Gagliardini
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (04 Jan 2021) by Olivier Gagliardini
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ED: Publish as is (08 Jan 2021) by Olivier Gagliardini
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We analyse the orientation of ice crystals in an Alpine glacier and compare this orientation with the ice flow direction. We found that the crystals orient in the direction of the largest stress which is in the flow direction in the upper parts of the glacier and in the vertical direction for deeper zones of the glacier. The grains cluster around this maximum stress direction, in particular four-point maxima, most likely as a result of recrystallisation under relatively warm conditions.