Determination of Bedrock Topography beneath the Greenland Ice-Sheet by 3-Dimensional Imaging of Radar Sounding Data

Citation:
Fisher, E, McMechan GA, Gorman MR, Cooper APR, Aiken CLV, Ander ME, Zumberge MA.  1989.  Determination of Bedrock Topography beneath the Greenland Ice-Sheet by 3-Dimensional Imaging of Radar Sounding Data. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth and Planets. 94:2874-2882.

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Mar

Abstract:

In the summer of 1987, approximately 42,600 radar reflections were obtained along 124 radial lines, 5 km long, centered at Dye 3 in southern Greenland. Processing of these data using a three-dimensional kinematic migration algorithm produces a high-resolution image of the rock surface topography beneath the ice sheet. Estimated uncertainties in the position of the rock surface increase where sampling is less dense, such as toward the edges of the survey, but are less than 5 m over most of the survey area. The main structure revealed is a northwest-southeast trending valley in the bedrock that crosses the westward regional dip of the rock surface. Ice thickness increases from approximately 1800 m in the east to approximately 2100 m in the west.

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DOI:

10.1029/JB094iB03p02874