Accession Number : AD0694262

Title :   RECENT OBSERVATIONS ON THE SURGING OTTO GLACIER, ELLESMERE ISLAND,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OTTAWA (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Hattersley-Smith,G.

Report Date : 18 FEB 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Air photographs show that the Otto Glacier in northwestern Ellesmere Island started to surge sometime between 1950 and 1959, with the result that the terminus advanced about 3 km as a floating ice tongue. Maps prepared from the 1959 photographs and from additional photographs taken in 1964 show a further advance of 2-3 km. Information from a subglacial relief map of the terminal part of the glacier, constructed from the results of radio-depth sounding over the glacier in 1966, may have a bearing on the mechanism of glacier surges. Other glaciers in northern Ellesmere Island show features indicative of past surges. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GLACIERS, CANADA), MOTION, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, ICE ISLANDS, SURFACE PROPERTIES, RADIO EQUIPMENT, ECHO RANGING, DEPTH FINDING

Subject Categories : Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE