Drill hole measurements of fast ice and sub-ice platelet layer thickness, and snow depth in McMurdo Sound - November/December 2011


The thicknesses of sea ice and sub-ice platelet layer were measured at regular intervals on fast ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica in November and December of 2011. Thirty-metre cross-profiles were established at each site, and snow depths were measured at 0.5 m intervals along the transect lines with a metal ruler. A mean snow depth for each site was derived from these 120 measurements. Freeboard, sea ice thickness and sub-ice platelet layer thickness were recorded at five locations at each site - at the central crossing point and at the end points of each transect. The mean of these was then calculated and taken as representative of the site. Ice thicknesses were measured by using a tape measure with a brass T-anchor attached at the zero mark. This was deployed vertically through the drill-hole and allowed to rotate to a horizontal alignment when exiting the bottom of the drill-hole at the ice-ocean interface. From this position the anchor is slowly pulled upwards until some resistance is met and the first measurement is taken. This resistance is taken to mark the sub-ice platelet layer/ocean interface. The tape measure is then pulled harder, forcing the bar to pass through the sub-ice platelet layer until it sits flush against the sea ice/sub-ice platelet layer interface where a second measurement is taken. Measurement sites were about 5 km apart.

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.933079
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Creator Langhorne, Patricia J ORCID logo; Leonard, Gregory H ORCID logo; Gough, Alexander J; Hughes, Kenneth G ORCID logo; Haas, Christian ORCID logo; Beckers, Justin F ORCID logo; Price, Daniel ORCID logo; Barnsdale, Kelvin; Rack, Wolfgang (ORCID: 0000-0003-2447-377X); Brett, Gemma Marie ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2021
Funding Reference Antarctica New Zealand https://doi.org/10.13039/501100001546 Crossref Funder ID K063_2011 Logistics support under K063_2011 event
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 215 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (164.800W, -77.873S, 166.500E, -77.567N); McMurdo Sound
Temporal Coverage Begin 2011-11-23T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2011-12-05T00:00:00Z