Fracture propagation as means of rapidly transferring surface meltwater to the base of glaciers

@inproceedings{Veen2006FracturePA,
  title={Fracture propagation as means of rapidly transferring surface meltwater to the base of glaciers},
  author={C. J. van der Veen},
  year={2006}
}
[1] Propagation of water-filled crevasses through glaciers is investigated based on the linear elastic fracture mechanics approach. A crevasse will penetrate to the depth where the stress intensity factor at the crevasse tip equals the fracture toughness of glacier ice. A crevasse subjected to inflow of water will continue to propagate downward with the propagation speed controlled primarily by the rate of water injection. While the far-field tensile stress and fracture toughness determine… CONTINUE READING

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