Brief Communication: Sudden drainage of a subglacial lake beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet
- 1School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
- 2Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
- 3Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Abstract. We report on the appearance of a 2 km wide, 70 m deep circular depression located 50 km inland of the southwestern margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet that provides the first direct evidence for concentrated, long-term storage, and sudden release, of meltwater at the bed. Drainage of the lake may have been triggered by the recent increase in meltwater runoff. The abundance of such lakes and their potential importance to the ice sheet's hydrologic system and flow regime remain unknown.