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LIMA Challenge
Fall 2008 NASA Quest Challenge!

Preliminary Proposal
Submitted by:

Meera, Amanda, Lindsay, Ashika
Crompond Elementary School
Teacher: Anna Fazio

Crevassed Surface of Byrd Glacier (80.3 °S, 160°E)
East Antarctica Region

Is there something like this that we have not yet discovered in other regions? Are the tectonic plates moving faster in Antarctica then we think? Is there crevasses forming because water is flowing from the Southern Ocean and waves are forming then they freeze and crevasses form?

We think that scientists should research Crevassed surface of Byrd Glacier because it would be interesting to find out what is moving the ice and is creating the crevasses. If the wind were pushing the ice to the inverse direction, would the crevasses fall in each other's ridges, make a smooth surface, and start the process over. If this process continues for years, will the surface become a higher elevation?

We think that since Global Warming has started, ice from Antarctica is starting to melt. Water from the Ross Sea into the Ross Ice Shelf is traveling to this glacier and freezing into a crevasse form. Do they call this glacier perhaps the most dangerous place in Antarctica, examples like the wind?

Scientist should research this amazing ice feature to investigate the geologic process that we hypothesized in the paragraph above. We should be funded to further investigate this ice feature because there are so many possibilities that could be causing this pattern and we can never be sure of it by just doing research on the computer. We could find out why this is dangerous. Researching this glacier would benefit us greatly also, because we would be able to figure out as to why the ice is moving at such a great speed.

This is why this amazing ice feature is so interesting. This ice feature has amazing physical features and we should be able to research it further.

The ice travels at 100 meters per year. This speed shatters or breaks an almost continuous crevasse which is extending out to 100 kilometers. This ice race travels from the Ross ice shelf. Maybe if we find out more about this ice feature, new discoveries might be found about other glaciers.


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