David Glacier

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David Glacier
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Area map of David glacier
Location Victoria Land, Antarctica
Coordinates 75°20′00″S 161°15′23″E / 75.3334°S 161.2564°E / -75.3334; 161.2564Coordinates: 75°20′00″S 161°15′23″E / 75.3334°S 161.2564°E / -75.3334; 161.2564
The David Cauldron, looking towards the east, with the Cauldron immediately below the camera, and the Drygalski Ice Tongue in the far distance
Crevasses 1 km seaward of David Cauldron

David Glacier is the most imposing outlet glacier in Victoria Land, Antarctica, fed by two main flows which drain an area larger than 200,000 square kilometres of the East Antarctic plateau, with an estimated ice discharge rate of 7.8 +/- 0.7 km³/year.[1] The northern flow drains from Talos Dome to the Ross Sea, but the main branch of the stream is fed by a network of tributaries which drain a common area of the inner plateau around Dome C and converge in a spectacular icefall normally known as the David Cauldron.[1][2][3] The north wall of David Glacier near its terminus is named D'Urville Wall after Admiral Jules Dumont d'Urville. As the David Glacier flows into the Ross Sea, it forms a floating mass known as the Drygalski Ice Tongue.

Hughes Bluff lies nearby.

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  1. ^ a b Frezzotti,M., A.Capra and L.Vittuari, Ann.Glaciol, v27, 54-60 (1998)
  2. ^ Frezzotti,M., I.E.Tabacco and A.Zirizzotti. Ice discharge of eastern dome C drainage area, Antarctica, determined from airborne radar survey and satellite image, Analysis, J.Glaciol., 46, 253-264 (2000)
  3. ^ Danesi et al., Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v253, p151-158 (2007)