Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 16, 379–395, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-379-2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 379–395, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-379-2022

Research article 02 Feb 2022

Research article | 02 Feb 2022

Radar sounding survey over Devon Ice Cap indicates the potential for a diverse hypersaline subglacial hydrological environment

Anja Rutishauser et al.

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Data and derived products from airborne radar sounding survey over Devon Ice Cap, Canadian Arctic Anja Rutishauser, Donald D. Blankenship, Duncan A. Young, Natalie S. Wolfenbarger, Lucas H. Beem, Mark L. Skidmore, Ashley Dubnick, Alison S. Criscitiello, Dillon P. Buhl, Thomas G. Richter, and Gregory Ng https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5795105

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Recently, a hypersaline subglacial lake complex was hypothesized to lie beneath Devon Ice Cap, Canadian Arctic. Here, we present results from a follow-on targeted aerogeophysical survey. Our results support the evidence for a hypersaline subglacial lake and reveal an extensive brine network, suggesting more complex subglacial hydrological conditions than previously inferred. This hypersaline system may host microbial habitats, making it a compelling analog for bines on other icy worlds.