Department of Physics, University of Otago
Platelet ice in McMurdo Sound Antarctica
Platelet ice is a type of sea ice whose crystals are large and leaf-like in appearance. Billows of loose platelets are sometimes found under the main sea ice cover of McMurdo Sound. It is not known whether the platelets grow attached to the main ice cover or form at depth in the water column and simply congregate under the ice. This research is focussed on determining which of these two possibilities is the dominant mechanism of platelet ice formation.
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