Antarctic geomorphological and glaciological 1:250 000 map series: Mount Murchison quadrangle, northern Victoria Land. Explanatory notes

Carlo Baroni, Massimo Frezzotti, Maria Cristina Salvatore, Mirco Meneghel, Ignazio E. Tabacco, Luca Vittuari, Aldino Bondesan, Alessandro Biasini, Alessandro Cimbelli, Giuseppe Orombelli

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Abstract

Geomorphological and glaciological features are represented on a georeferenced satellite image mosaic of the Mount Murchison quadrangle, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica (73-74° S, 162-166°30′ E), at a scale of 1:250 000. Landforms and deposits of glacial and periglacial environments, forms related to mass wasting, wind action, weathering and geological structures are identified and mapped. The chronological sequence of landforms and deposits, morphography and lithology is also indicated. Glacier velocities (up to 180 m a -1) and ice-front fluctuations (1964-99) were determined by analysis of aerial photography and satellite imagery. Airborne radar surveys reveal that the greatest ice thickness (about 1500 m) is located in the grounding zone of Aviator Glacier. Up to 1000 m of ice bury the subglacial relief of Deception Plateau, Hercules Névé and the Deep Freeze Range. Snow accumulation rates (average = 170 kg m -2 a -1) exhibit an overall negative correlation with altitude and distance from the coast. The relationships among relict erosional landforms and volcanic activity provide chronological constraints for the palaeogeographic evolution of this sector of the Transantarctic Mountains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256 - 264
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Glaciology
Volume39
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Baroni, C., Frezzotti, M., Salvatore, M. C., Meneghel, M., Tabacco, I. E., Vittuari, L., ... Orombelli, G. (2004). Antarctic geomorphological and glaciological 1:250 000 map series: Mount Murchison quadrangle, northern Victoria Land. Explanatory notes. Annals of Glaciology, 39, 256 - 264.