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Soft-Bed Experiments Beneath Engabreen, Norway: Regelation Infiltration, Basal Slip And Bed Deformation, Neal R. Iverson, Thomas S. Hooyer, Urs H. Fischer, Denis Cohen, Peter L. Moore, M. Jackson, G. Lappegard, J. Kohler 2017 Iowa State University

Soft-Bed Experiments Beneath Engabreen, Norway: Regelation Infiltration, Basal Slip And Bed Deformation, Neal R. Iverson, Thomas S. Hooyer, Urs H. Fischer, Denis Cohen, Peter L. Moore, M. Jackson, G. Lappegard, J. Kohler

Neal Iverson

To avoid some of the limitations of studying soft-bed processes through boreholes, a prism of simulated till (1.8 m × 1.6 m × 0.45 m) with extensive instrumentation was constructed in a trough blasted in the rock bed of Engabreen, a temperate glacier in Norway. Tunnels there provide access to the bed beneath 213 m of ice. Pore-water pressure was regulated in the prism by pumping water to it. During experiments lasting 7–12 days, the glacier regelated downward into the prism to depths of 50– 80 mm, accreting ice-infiltrated till at rates predicted by theory. During periods of ...


Subglacial Clast/Bed Contact Forces, John Byers, Denis Cohen, Neal R. Iverson 2017 Iowa State University

Subglacial Clast/Bed Contact Forces, John Byers, Denis Cohen, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

A laboratory device was built to measure the forces that ice exerts on a 0.05 m diameter rigid plastic sphere in two different configurations: in contact with a flat bed or isolated from the bed. Measurements indicated that bed-normal contact forces were 1.8 times larger than drag forces due to creeping flow past a slippery sphere isolated from the bed. Measurements of forces as a function of the bed-normal ice velocity, estimations of the ice viscosity parameter and observations of markers in the ice indicate ice is Newtonian with a viscosity of ∼1.3 × 1011 Pa s. Newtonian ...


Testing A Glacial Erosion Rule Using Hang Heights Of Hanging Valleys, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, J. M. Amundson, Neal R. Iverson 2017 University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Testing A Glacial Erosion Rule Using Hang Heights Of Hanging Valleys, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, J. M. Amundson, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

In most models of glacial erosion, glacier sliding velocity is hypothesized to control rates of bedrock erosion. If this hypothesis is correct, then the elevation difference between hanging and trunk valley floors, the hang height, should be dictated by the relative sliding velocities of the glaciers that occupied these valleys. By considering sliding velocity to be proportional to balance velocity and using mass continuity, hang height is expressed in terms of glacier catchment areas, slopes, and widths, which can be estimated for past glaciers from the morphology of glacial valleys. These parameters were estimated for 46 hanging valleys and their ...


Reply To "Comment On ‘Preexisting Fractures And The Formation Of An Iconic American Landscape: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, Usa,’ By Jeffrey P. Schaffer”, Richard A. Becker, Basil Tikoff, Paul R. Riley, Neal R. Iverson 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Reply To "Comment On ‘Preexisting Fractures And The Formation Of An Iconic American Landscape: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, Usa,’ By Jeffrey P. Schaffer”, Richard A. Becker, Basil Tikoff, Paul R. Riley, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

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Magnetic Fabric Of Sheared Till: A Strain Indicator For Evaluating The Bed Deformation Model Of Glacier Flow, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson, France Lagroix, Jason F. Thomason 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Magnetic Fabric Of Sheared Till: A Strain Indicator For Evaluating The Bed Deformation Model Of Glacier Flow, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson, France Lagroix, Jason F. Thomason

Neal Iverson

[1] Wet-based portions of ice sheets may move primarily by shearing their till beds, resulting in high sediment fluxes and the development of subglacial landforms. This model of glacier movement, which requires high bed shear strains, can be tested using till microstructural characteristics that evolve during till deformation. Here we examine the development of magnetic fabric using a ring shear device to deform two Wisconsin-age basal tills to shear strains as high as 70. Hysteresis experiments and the dependence of magnetic susceptibility of these tills on temperature demonstrate that anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) develops during shear due to the ...


Glacial Landscape Evolution By Subglacial Quarrying: A Multiscale Computational Approach, Sofie V. Ugelvig, David L. Egholm, Neal R. Iverson 2017 Aarhus University

Glacial Landscape Evolution By Subglacial Quarrying: A Multiscale Computational Approach, Sofie V. Ugelvig, David L. Egholm, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

Quarrying of bedrock is a primary agent of subglacial erosion. Although the mechanical theory behind the process has been studied for decades, it has proven difficult to formulate the governing principles so that large-scale landscape evolution models can be used to integrate erosion over time. The existing mechanical theory thus stands largely untested in its ability to explain postglacial topography. In this study we relate the physics of quarrying to long-term landscape evolution with a multiscale approach that connects meter-scale cavities to kilometer-scale glacial landscapes. By averaging the quarrying rate across many small-scale bedrock steps, we quantify how regional trends ...


Sliding Of Ice Past An Obstacle At Engabreen, Norway, Denis Cohen, Roger LeB. Hooke, Neal R. Iverson, Jack Kohler 2017 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Sliding Of Ice Past An Obstacle At Engabreen, Norway, Denis Cohen, Roger Leb. Hooke, Neal R. Iverson, Jack Kohler

Neal Iverson

At Engabreen, Norway, an instrumented panel containing a decimetric obstacle was mounted flush with the bed surface beneath 210 m of ice. Simultaneous measurements of normaland shear stresses, ice velocity and temperature were obtained as dirty basal ice flowed past the obstacle. Our measurements were broadly consistent with ice thickness, flow conditions and bedrock topography near the site of the experiment. Ice speed 0.45 m above the bed was about 130 mm d–1, much less than the surface velocity of 800 mm d–1. Average normalstress on the panelwas 1.0–1.6 MPa, smaller than the expected ...


Glacier-Bed Geomorphic Processes And Hydrologic Conditions Relevant To Nuclear Waste Disposal, Neal R. Iverson, Mark Person 2017 Iowa State University

Glacier-Bed Geomorphic Processes And Hydrologic Conditions Relevant To Nuclear Waste Disposal, Neal R. Iverson, Mark Person

Neal Iverson

Characterizing glaciotectonic deformation, glacial erosion and sedimentation, and basal hydrologic conditions of ice sheets is vital for selecting sites for nuclear waste repositories at high latitudes. Glaciotectonic deformation is enhanced by excess pore pressures that commonly persist near ice sheet margins. Depths of such deformation can extend locally to a few tens of meters, with depths up to approximately 300 m in exceptional cases. Rates of glacial erosion are highly variable (0.05–15 mm a−1), but ratesa−1 are expected in tectonically quiescent regions. Total erosion probably not exceeding several tens of meters is expected during a glacial ...


Rate-Weakening Drag During Glacier Sliding, Lucas K. Zoet, Neal R. Iverson 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rate-Weakening Drag During Glacier Sliding, Lucas K. Zoet, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

Accurately specifying the relationship between basal drag on a hard, rough glacier bed and sliding speed is a long-standing and central challenge in glaciology. Drag on a rigid bed consisting of steps with linear treads inclined upglacier—a good idealization for the bedrock morphology of some hard-bedded glaciers—has been considered in sliding theories but never studied empirically. Balancing forces parallel to step treads indicates that drag should be independent of sliding speed and cavity size and set by the limit-equilibrium condition sometimes called Iken's bound. In this study we used a large ring-shear device to slide ice at ...


Role Of Transient Water Pressure In Quarrying: A Subglacial Experiment Using Acoustic Emissions, Denis Cohen, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson, Jason Thomason, M. Jackson 2017 Iowa State University

Role Of Transient Water Pressure In Quarrying: A Subglacial Experiment Using Acoustic Emissions, Denis Cohen, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson, Jason Thomason, M. Jackson

Neal Iverson

Probably the most important mechanism of glacial erosion is quarrying: the growth and coalescence of cracks in subglacial bedrock and dislodgement of resultant rock fragments. Although evidence indicates that erosion rates depend on sliding speed, rates of crack growth in bedrock may be enhanced by changing stresses on the bed caused by fluctuating basal water pressure in zones of ice-bed separation. To study quarrying in real time, a granite step, 12 cm high with a crack in its stoss surface, was installed at the bed of Engabreen, Norway. Acoustic emission sensors monitored crack growth events in the step as ice ...


Preexisting Fractures And The Formation Of An Iconic American Landscape: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, Usa, Richard A. Becker, Basil Tikoff, Paul R. Riley, Neal R. Iverson 2017 University of Wisconsin-Twin Cities

Preexisting Fractures And The Formation Of An Iconic American Landscape: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, Usa, Richard A. Becker, Basil Tikoff, Paul R. Riley, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

Tuolumne Meadows, in Yosemite National Park (USA), is a large sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Immediately adjacent to Tuolumne Meadows—and underlain by the same bedrock lithology (Cathedral Peak Granodiorite)—are vertical rock faces that provide exceptional opportunities to climbers. While the presence of a broad meadow suggests bedrock erodibility, the vertical rock walls indicate bedrock durability. We propose that the Tuolumne Meadows’s landscape is the result of variable glacial erosion due to the presence or absence of pre-existing bedrock fractures. The meadows and valleys formed because of concentrated tabular fracture clusters—a distinctive and locally pervasive ...


Coupling Between A Glacier And A Soft Bed: I. A Relation Between Effective Pressure And Local Shear Stress Determined From Till Elasticity, Neal R. Iverson, Robert W. Baker, Roger LeB. Hooke, Brian Hanson, Peter Jansson 2017 Iowa State University

Coupling Between A Glacier And A Soft Bed: I. A Relation Between Effective Pressure And Local Shear Stress Determined From Till Elasticity, Neal R. Iverson, Robert W. Baker, Roger Leb. Hooke, Brian Hanson, Peter Jansson

Neal Iverson

To predict the distribution of motion beneath glaciers on soft beds, the strength of the coupling between the ice and the bed and its variation with effective pressure must be known. A record of shear strain, acquired with a tiltmeter emplaced in till beneath Storglaciären, Sweden, indicates that fluctuations in water pressure cause variations in the local shear stress on the bed and that the bed deforms elastically in response to these variations. To estimate the shear stress from the elastic component of the total shear strain, the shear modulus of the till was measured in relaxation tests conducted in ...


Experimental Determination Of A Double-Valued Drag Relationship For Glacier Sliding, Lucas K. Zoet, Neal R. Iverson 2017 Iowa State University

Experimental Determination Of A Double-Valued Drag Relationship For Glacier Sliding, Lucas K. Zoet, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

The contribution of glaciers to sea-level rise and their effects on landscape evolution depend on the poorly known relationship between sliding speed and drag at the ice/bed interface. Results from experiments with a new rotary laboratory device demonstrate empirically for the first time a double-valued drag relationship like that suggested by some sliding theories: steady drag on a rigid, sinusoidal bed increases, peaks and declines at progressively higher sliding speeds due to growth of cavities in the lee sides of bed undulations. Drag decreases with increased sliding speed if cavities extend beyond the inflection points of up-glacier facing surfaces ...


Distributed Shear Of Subglacial Till Due To Coulomb Slip, Neal R. Iverson, Richard M. Iverson 2017 Iowa State University

Distributed Shear Of Subglacial Till Due To Coulomb Slip, Neal R. Iverson, Richard M. Iverson

Neal Iverson

In most models of the flow of glaciers on till beds, it has been assumed that till behaves as a viscoplastic fluid, despite contradictory evidence from laboratory studies. In accord with this assumption, displacement profiles measured in subglacial till have been fitted with viscoplastic models by estimating the stress distribution. Here we present a model that illustrates how observed displacement profiles can result from till deformation resisted solely by Coulomb friction. Motion in the till bed is assumed to be driven by brief departures from static equilibrium caused by fluctuations in effective normal stress. These fluctuations result from chains of ...


Estimating The Sliding Velocity Of A Pleistocene Ice Sheet From Plowing Structures In The Geologic Record, Neal R. Iverson, Thomas S. Hooyer 2017 Iowa State University

Estimating The Sliding Velocity Of A Pleistocene Ice Sheet From Plowing Structures In The Geologic Record, Neal R. Iverson, Thomas S. Hooyer

Neal Iverson

As an ice sheet slides over its sediment bed, some clasts partly embedded in the glacier sole plow through the bed surface. The size distribution of such clasts, if it can be characterized from structures in the geologic record, can be used to estimate the sliding velocity of a past ice sheet. By combining a theory of glacier sliding with a geotechnical theory of cone penetration, sliding velocity can be calculated in terms of clast-size parameters, a fluidity parameter for ice, and the thermodynamic properties of ice and clasts. If frictional properties of the bed are measured, the effective normal ...


Flow Mechanism Of The Des Moines Lobe Of The Laurentide Ice Sheet, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson 2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Flow Mechanism Of The Des Moines Lobe Of The Laurentide Ice Sheet, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

Rapid flow of the Des Moines lobe of the Laurentide ice sheet may have been related to its unlithified substrate. New reconstructions of the lobe, based on moraine elevations, sediment subsidence during moraine deposition, and flow-direction indicators, indicate that the lobe may have been ~3 times thicker than in previous reconstructions. Nevertheless, implied basal shear stresses are <15 kPa, so internal ice deformation was not significant. Instead, the lobe likely moved by a combination of sliding, plowing of particles through the bed surface, and bed shear. Consolidation tests on basal till yield preconsolidation stresses of 125-300 kPa, so effective normal stresses on the bed were small. A model of sliding and plowing indicates that at such stresses most particles gripped by the ice may have plowed easily through the till bed, resulting in too small a shear traction on the bed to shear it at depth. Consistent with this prediction, measurements of orientations of clasts in basal till yield a weak fabric, implying pervasive bed shear strain less than ~2, although some stronger fabrics have been reported by others. We infer, tentatively, that movement was principally at the bed surface by plowing.


Diffusive Mixing Between Shearing Granular Materials: Constraints On Bed Deformation From Till Contacts, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson 2017 Iowa State University

Diffusive Mixing Between Shearing Granular Materials: Constraints On Bed Deformation From Till Contacts, Thomas S. Hooyer, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

Shearing of subglacial till has been invoked widely as a mechanism of glacier motion and sediment transport, but standard indicators for determining shear strain from the geologic record are not adequate for estimating the very high strains required of the bed-deformation model. Here we describe a laboratory study of mixing between shearing granular layers that allows an upper limit to be placed on bed shear strain in the vicinity of till contacts. Owing to random vertical motions of particles induced by shearing, mixing can be modeled as a linearly diffusive process, and so can be characterized with a single mixing ...


Coupling Between A Glacier And A Soft Bed: Ii Model Results, Neal R. Iverson 2017 Iowa State University

Coupling Between A Glacier And A Soft Bed: Ii Model Results, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

The relation between the local effective pressure and shear stress on till beneath Storglaciären, Sweden, discussed in Iverson and others (1999), provides an empirical basis for studying the processes that control the strength of the ice/bed coupling. Particles in the bed that protrude into the glacier sole support shear stresses that are limited by either ploughing or the traditional sliding mechanisms. Model calculations, based on studies of cone penetration through fine-grained sediment and sliding theory, agree with the observed relation between shear stress and effective pressure if the water layer at the ice/bed interface is assumed to thicken ...


A New Laboratory Device For Study Of Subglacial Processes: First Results On Ice–Bed Separation During Sliding, Neal R. Iverson, Ben B. Petersen 2017 Iowa State University

A New Laboratory Device For Study Of Subglacial Processes: First Results On Ice–Bed Separation During Sliding, Neal R. Iverson, Ben B. Petersen

Neal Iverson

A new ring-shear device allows basal slip and related processes to be studied in laboratory experiments for the cases of hard or soft beds. The device rotates a confined ring of ice (0.9 m outside diameter) across a horizontal bed at a constant velocity or drag, while a vertical stress is applied and basal water pressure is controlled. A bath with circulating fluid regulated to ∼0.01°C surrounds the ice chamber and keeps the ice at its pressure-melting temperature. In a first experiment with a stepped rigid bed and zero basal water pressure, steady lengths of step cavities ...


A Laboratory Study Of Particle Ploughing And Pore-Pressure Feedback: A Velocity-Weakening Mechanism For Soft Glacier Beds, Jason F. Thomason, Neal R. Iverson 2017 Iowa State University

A Laboratory Study Of Particle Ploughing And Pore-Pressure Feedback: A Velocity-Weakening Mechanism For Soft Glacier Beds, Jason F. Thomason, Neal R. Iverson

Neal Iverson

If basal-water discharge and pressure are sufficiently high, a soft-bedded glacier will slip over its bed by ploughing, the process in which particles that span the ice–bed interface are dragged across the bed surface. Results of laboratory experiments indicate that resistance to ploughing can decrease with increasing ploughing velocity (velocity weakening). During ploughing at various velocities (15–400 m a−1), till was compacted in front of idealized particles, causing pore pressures there that were orders of magnitude higher than the ambient value. This excess pore pressure locally weakened the till in shear, thereby decreasing ploughing resistance by a ...


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