Détermination de l'épaisseur des glaciers de Sarenne (Alpes) et de Chacaltaya (Bolivie) par prospection radar au sol à 50 MHz

Translated title of the contribution: Determination of the Sarenne and Chacaltaya glaciers thickness using ground penetrating radar at 50 MHz

Marc Descloitres, Roger Guérin, Edson Ramirez, Robert Gallaire, Pierre Ribstein, François Valla

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Abstract

Geophysical survey have been conducted on the temperate glaciers of Sarenne (Alps) and Chacaltaya (Bolivia) using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) at medium frequency range (50 MHz), in order to evaluate the ice thickness. The results clearly show the reflection at the top of the bedrock at depths over 40 metres for Sarenne. For Chacaltaya, the ice thickness reaches 16 metres only. However, if intermediate reflectors are present, they can attenuate or even overshadow the deep reflection on the bedrock. Those reflectors are attributed to some blocks of rock, crevasses or liquid water. Except for these restrictions, those surveys confirm the interest of GPR at 50 MHz to detect quickly and accurately the bedrock topography for this type of temperate glacier when the thickness remains low.

Translated title of the contributionDetermination of the Sarenne and Chacaltaya glaciers thickness using ground penetrating radar at 50 MHz
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalHouille Blanche
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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