Ice sheet–derived submarine groundwater discharge on Greenland's continental shelf
Larsen, Hans Christian
MetadataShow full item record
Isotopically light (−1‰ to −8‰ δ18O) and fresh pore fluids (300–520 mM Cl−) were found in continental shelf sediments up to 100 km offshore of southeastern (SE) Greenland, suggesting infiltration and mixing of ice sheet meltwater with seawater to depths of 260 m. These geochemical anomalies may be associated with ice sheet–derived submarine groundwater discharge (SMGD). We present a continental-scale reconstruction of the late Pleistocene hydrogeology of SE Greenland using finite element analysis that incorporates ice sheet loading and solute and isotope transport. Results indicate that subglacial infiltration and SMGD are of the same order of magnitude and are highly dependent on the permeability of the subaerial basalt. Simulated infiltration and SMGD almost doubled during the Last Glacial Maximum, compared to ice-free conditions. Much of the present-day glacially induced groundwater discharge occurs on land. Subice infiltration on the continental shelf likely represents a mixture of seawater and meltwater during past glacial maximums. Simulated SMGD during the most recent interval of glacial retreat is about 4% of the total ice sheet melting. At present, the simulated rate of SMGD is about 11% of the estimated current melting rate.
Author Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2011. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Water Resources Research 47 (2011): W07549, doi:10.1029/2011WR010536.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Satellite-derived, melt-season surface temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet (2000–2005) and its relationship to mass balance Hall, Dorothy K.; Williams, Richard S.; Casey, K. A.; Digirolamo, Nicolo E.; Wan, Z. (American Geophysical Union, 2006-06-08)Mean, clear-sky surface temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet was measured for each melt season from 2000 to 2005 using Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)–derived land-surface temperature (LST) data-product ...
Seismicity on the western Greenland Ice Sheet : surface fracture in the vicinity of active moulins Carmichael, Joshua D.; Joughin, Ian; Behn, Mark; Das, Sarah B.; King, Matt A.; Stevens, Laura A.; Lizarralde, Daniel (John Wiley & Sons, 2015-06-25)We analyzed geophone and GPS measurements collected within the ablation zone of the western Greenland Ice Sheet during a ~35 day period of the 2011 melt season to study changes in ice deformation before, during, and after ...
Bhatia, Maya P. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2012-02)Global warming has led to a significant increase in Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) melt and runoff since 1990, resulting in escalated export of fresh water and associated sediment to the surrounding North Atlantic and Arctic ...