High Geothermal Heat Flow, Basal Melt, and the Origin of Rapid Ice Flow in Central Greenland

@article{Fahnestock2001HighGH,
  title={High Geothermal Heat Flow, Basal Melt, and the Origin of Rapid Ice Flow in Central Greenland},
  author={Mark A. Fahnestock and Waleed Abdalati and Ian R. Joughin and John M. Brozena and Prasad Gogineni},
  journal={Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={294},
  pages={2338 - 2342}
}
Age-depth relations from internal layering reveal a large region of rapid basal melting in Greenland. Melt is localized at the onset of rapid ice flow in the large ice stream that drains north off the summit dome and other areas in the northeast quadrant of the ice sheet. Locally, high melt rates indicate geothermal fluxes 15 to 30 times continental background. The southern limit of melt coincides with magnetic anomalies and topography that suggest a volcanic origin. 
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