Ward Hunt Ice Shelf


General Location:

Ward Hunt Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
Source: The Atlas of Canada, 2007

Latitude/Longitude:

Characteristics:


History:


Below is a chart of the data found by the research team from the University of Massachusetts while studying at the Hazen Plateau Ice Caps (Ice cap area (km^2), Hazen Plateau Ice Caps).

Year
Murray Ice Cap
Simmons Ice Cap
St.Patrick Bay Ice Cap-NE
St.Patrick Bay Ice Cap-SW
1959
4.37 (100%) 7.45 (100%) 7.48 (100%) 2.93 (100%)
1999
3.28 (75%) N/A N/A N/A
2000
3.15 (72%) N/A N/A N/A
2001
3.05 (70%) 3.94 (53%) 4.61 (62%) 1.72 (59%)
2002
recession recession N/A N/A
2003
2.91 (66%) 3.31 (44%) N/A N/A

[Carsten Braun, Sept.9 2003 - http://www.geo.umass.edu/climate/hazen/field23.html]


Murray Ice Cap:
Below is a diagram of the mass balance of the Murray Ice Cap 1959/2001/2003. The coloured lines represent the following: Black - the ice margin in 1959, Blue - ice margin in 2001, and Red - the ice margin in 2003.


Ward Hunt Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project

[Carsten Braun, Sept. 9 2003 - http://www.geo.umass.edu/climate/hazen/mic2003.html]

Simmons Ice Cap:

Below is a diagram of the mass balance of the Simmons Ice Cap 1959/2001/2003. The coloured lines represent that following: Black - the ice margin in 1959, Blue - the ice margin in 2001, and Red - the ice margin in 2003.

Ward Hunt Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project

[Carsten Braun - Sept. 9 2003 - http://www.geo.umass.edu/climate/hazen/sic2003.html]

Additional Pictures:


*Below are photographs of a research site on the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, from studies conducted by the University of Massachusetts in 2003. The photographs give an idea and look into the world of glacier research and the kinds of materials and methods used. The fieldwork present in these photographs was conducted on the Hazen Plateau to investigate mass balance, ice margins, and seasonal variations in this environment. The fieldwork they did on the Hazen Plateau in 2003 was a combination of GPS surveys of the ice margins located on the Murray Ice Cap and Simmons Ice Cap. The researchers found that both of the ice caps had experienced "considerable marginal recession since 2001" which they calculated out as to having resulted in a reduction in total ice cap area of ~3.5% (Murray Ice Cap) and ~9% (Simmons Ice Cap) since 2001 [Carsten Braun, Sept. 9 2003 - http://www.geo.umass.edu/climate/hazen/field23.html].

* Here you can see two researchers surveying the ice!
Ward Hunt Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project

Ward Hunt Ice Shelf

Ward Hunt Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project



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