Table 1: Densities and snow loads for individual levels in 1967 and 1978

The deformation of a 20 m deep firn pit in the accumulation area of Kesselwandferner was surveyed over aperiod of 11 years. Six or seven surveying markers had been installed at each of 14 levels. The survey shows tImt the shear strain rate is independent of depth and the originally circular pit cross section was changed into an ellipse. In the direction of the glacier flow, the diameter was increased, the strain rate being approximately independent of depth. Transverse to the flow, however, the diameter decreased, the strain rate becoming higher as the depth increased. The vertical strain rates responsible for thinning of firn layers decrease with depth.

Supplement to: Eisner, Heinrich; Ambach, Walter (1981): Strain rate measurements in a 20 m deep firn pit in a temperate glacier (Kesselwandferner, Oetztal Alps, 1967-1978). Zeitschrift für Gletscherkunde und Glazialgeologie, 17(2), 169-176

Metadata Access
Creator Eisner, Heinrich; Ambach, Walter
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 1981
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported;
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 84 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (10.789 LON, 46.845 LAT); Kesselwandferner, Ötztaler Alpen, Austria
Temporal Coverage Begin 1967-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 1978-01-01T00:00:00Z