Comment on “Friction at the bed does not control fast glacier flow”

Brent M. Minchew, Colin R. Meyer, Samuel S. Pegler, Bradley P. Lipovsky, Alan W. Rempel, Hilmar Gudmundsson, Neal R. Iverson

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Stearns and van der Veen (Reports, 20 July 2018, p. 273) conclude that fast glacier sliding is independent of basal drag (friction), even where drag balances most of the driving stress. This conclusion raises fundamental physical issues, the most striking of which is that sliding velocity would be independent of stresses imparted through the ice column, including gravitational driving stress.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbereaau6055
Number of pages2
Issue number6427
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2019


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