K. C. Jezek, R. B. Alley, R. H. Thomas

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The constitutive relation for glacier ice remains an issue in glaciology. This is evidenced by the recent appearance of several articles in the literature that report on interpretations of existing data and which draw conclusions ranging from newtonian viscous to power law creep for polycrystalline ice. In this paper we describe the results of a new analysis based on the height of bottom crevasses found in floating ice shelves. The analysis relates the effective stress in the glacier to the height of the crevasse. The power of this approach is that the computed stress takes into account all factors influencing the deformation of the ice shelf including ice rises and shear along the boundaries of the ice shelf. By comparing calculated stresses to measured surface strain rates, we are able to estimate the exponent in the flow law and the flow law constant. We find that strain rate increases as the third power of the deviatoric stress with a constant of proportionality equal to 2. 3 multiplied by 10** minus **2**5.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJournal de Physique (Paris), Colloque
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 1987

Publication series

NameJournal de Physique (Paris), Colloque
ISSN (Print)0449-1947

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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