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Videos of Basal Ice in Boreholes on the Kamb Ice Stream in West Antarctica, Version 1

This data set is a collection of video data of basal ice taken in a borehole on the Kamb Ice Stream in West Antarctica. Ice streams are an expression of the inherent instability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and their behavior is a key control on the overall ice-sheet mass balance. Understanding the response of the ice sheet in a warming climate requires a thorough understanding of the internal dynamics of ice streams, in addition to the relevant ice-atmosphere and ice-ocean interactions in the region. The basal environment of the ice streams and of many glaciers is a key scientific interest, including conditions, mainly basal sliding, that lead to fast flow of the ice. The purpose of this data set is to present a review of the full range of original video recordings from the basal ice of the Kamb Ice Stream. Direct observations at the ice-stream bed are a crucial complement to modeling efforts predicting future scenarios in a warming climate.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -82.39955, S: -82.39955, E: -136.404633, W: -136.404633

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 14 January 2001
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
  • Land Records > Boreholes
Sensor(s): CAMERAS
Data Format(s):
  • Audio Video Interleave (.avi)
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Hermann Engelhardt

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Engelhardt, H. and B. Kamb. 2013. Videos of Basal Ice in Boreholes on the Kamb Ice Stream in West Antarctica, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].
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