Dotson Ice Shelf

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The edge of the Dotson Ice Shelf in November 2016

Dotson Ice Shelf is an ice shelf about 30 miles (50 km) wide between Martin Peninsula and Bear Peninsula on the coast of Marie Byrd Land in Antarctica. It was first mapped by the U.S. Geological Survey from air photos obtained by U.S. Navy Operation Highjump in January 1947, and was named by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Lieutenant William A. Dotson, US Navy, formerly Officer in Charge of the Ice Reconnaissance Unit of the Naval Oceanographic Office, killed in a plane crash in Alaska in November 1964 while on an ice reconnaissance mission.[1]

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• David A. Lilien, Ian Joughin, Benjamin Smith, and David E. Shean, Changes in flow of Crosson and Dotson ice shelves, West Antarctica, in response to elevated melt, The Cryosphere, 12, 1415–1431, 2018
• Goldberg, D. N., Gourmelen, N., Kimura, S., Millan, R., & Snow, K., How Accurately Should We Model Ice Shelf Melt Rates?, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 189–199.


  1. ^ "Dotson Ice Shelf". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-01-26.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Dotson Ice Shelf" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).

Coordinates: 74°24′S 112°22′W / 74.400°S 112.367°W / -74.400; -112.367