Ruth’s project

Cryoconite Holes

Cryoconite Holes 

Cryoconite holes are formed by sediment on the surface of a glacier absorbing solar radiation, warming, and melting into the ice.  Cryoconite holes are common to many glaciers worldwide, but in Antarctica, ice lids often form, trapping sediment and isolating the water, producing unusual water chemistries that are quite different from the surrounding ice. My research will map their distribution and investigate their characteristics.  I am working on this project with the help of Dr Andrew Hodson at Sheffield University Department of Geography.

 Cryoconite holes diagram