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Title: Temperature distribution of an idealized ice cap
Authors: Tien, Chi, 1930-
Keywords: Glaciers
Thermal properties
Ice caps
Ice sheets
Heat budget
Mathematical models
Mathematical analysis
Glacier ice
Ice growth
Publisher: U.S. Army Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Research Establishment.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Research report (U.S. Army Snow
Description: Research Report
Summary: The distribution of temperature throughout an idealized ice cap is studied. The idealized ice cap is considered as one with a constant growth rate, without internal movement, subject to a linear climatic change and to a constant geothermal influx. The problem is treated as a Stefan-type problem and the solution is obtained by the principle of superposition. The results indicate that the temperature at the base of the ice cap rises with time and eventually would reach the melting point of the ice. Under such conditions, it is concluded that the ice cap is not resting on a permafrost base as suggested by previous investigation.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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