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Millennially averaged accumulation rates for the Lake Vostok region inferred from deep internal layers
Entry ID: Vostok_accum

Abstract: The depths of radar-detected internal layers can be used to infer the spatial variability of accumulation rates. Here we infer accumulation rates from three radar layers (26, 35 and 41ka old) in the Vostok Subglacial Lake region using the local-layer approximation (LLA). The LLA assumes that the strain-rate history of a particle traveling through the ice sheet can be approximated by the vertical ... View entire text

Purpose: Accumulation rates and their spatio-temporal variability are important boundary conditions for ice-flow models.
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Description: NSF Award #0538674 Abstract
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -75.67   S: -79.07   E: 80.54   W: 68.41
Min Altitude: 3335 M Max Altitude: 3625 M
Min Depth: 0 Max Depth: 0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Joseph A. MacGregor
Dataset Title: Millennially averaged accumulation rates for the Lake Vostok region
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Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 1.5 km
Longitude Resolution: 1.5 km
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 km - < 10 km or approximately .01 degree - < .09 degree
Vertical Resolution: N/A
Temporal Resolution: 26-41 ka
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Quality Please refer to MacGregor et al. (2009) for details on the quality of this dataset and assumptions used to derive the accumulation rates presented.
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Use Constraints Please refer to MacGregor et al. (2009) when using this dataset.
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MacGregor, Joseph A., Kenichi Matsuoka, Michelle R. Koutnik, Edwin D. Waddington, Micheal Studinger and Dale P. Winebrenner (2009), Millennially averaged accumulation rates for the Vostok Subglacial Lake region inferred from deep internal layers, Annals of Glaciology, 50, 51, 25-34, International Glaciological Society
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-07-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23