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2017-02-Fox

Study of the Glacial Erosion in the Antarctic Peninsula.

The topographic evolution in Antarctica is vital to accurately reconstruct past glaciers, their sensitivity to climate change, and their contribution to sea level. I will be travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula to collect samples that I can use to measure the long-term pattern and physical processes of glacial erosion.
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Planetary Ices Group



The Planetary Ices Group carries out world leading research into the structure, dynamics and astrobiological potential of icy planetary bodies, with a particular focus on determining the properties of their constituent icy ‘minerals’. Planetary bodies are essentially crystalline aggregates: the structure and evolution of all such bodies are thus fundamentally due to the microscopic behaviour of the component crystals – equilibrium structures, elasticity, and transport properties for example. In determining the magnitudes of these properties for different ices and for the highly hydrated phases thought to exist in the interiors of outer solar-system moons we employ a coordinated multidisciplinary approach involving a combination of experimental and computational techniques.