Glacial Isostasy

  • Ralf Greve
  • Heinz Blatter
Part of the Advances in Geophysical and Environmental Mechanics and Mathematics book series (AGEM)


The ice sheets on Earth have undergone very large changes over the glacial-interglacial cycles in the past. Today, ice sheets of significant size occur only in Antarctica and Greenland, whereas during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), 21,000 years ago, extended ice sheets also covered large parts of North America, northern Europe, etc. (see Chapter 1). These ice sheets, with typical thicknesses of several kilometres, impose therefore large, time-dependent loads on the crust of the Earth, to which the body of the Earth as a visco-elastic, multi-layer system reacts with a delayed, essentially vertical displacement.


Last Glacial Maximum Uplift Rate Land Uplift Elastic Lithosphere Uplift Pattern 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Greve
    • 1
  • Heinz Blatter
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst. Low Temperature ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Inst. Atmospheric & Climate ScienceETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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