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Authors: Cianfarra, P.
Forieri, A.
Salvini, F.
Tabacco, I. E.
Zirizzotti, A.*
Title: Geological setting of the Concordia Trench-Lake system in East Antarctica
Title of journal: Geophysical Journal International
Series/Report no.: /177 (2009)
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: Jun-2009
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04123.x.
Keywords: Intra-plate processes; Cratons; Tectonics and landscape evolution, Antarctica
Abstract: This study presents the interpretation of radio echo-sounding (RES) data collected during the 2003 geophysical campaign of PNRA (Italian National Research Project in Antarctica), which focused on the exploration of the Concordia Trench-Lake system in East Antarctica. The data allow us to identify a new lake (ITL-28) at the southern edge of the Concordia Trench and a series of N–S trending subglacial troughs cutting through the Belgica Highlands. We have mapped the bedrock morphology at 3 km resolution, which led to an improved geographical and geomorphological characterization of the Concordia Trench, Concordia Ridge, Concordia Lake and South Hills. Improved knowledge of the Concordia Trench allowed us to model the 3-D geometry of the Concordia fault, suggesting that it played a role in governing the morpho-tectonic evolution of the bedrock in the Dome C region, and to propose a Cenozoic age for its activity. We recognize the importance of catchment basin morphology in hosting subglacial lakes, and discuss the role played by tectonics, glacial scouring and volcanism in the origin of the trench lakes, basin lakes and relief lakes, respectively.
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