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Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed

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Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed. / Leeson, A.A.; Forster, E.; Rice, A.; Gourmelen, N.; Wessem, J.M.

In: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 47, No. 4, e2019GL085591, 28.02.2020.

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Leeson, AA, Forster, E, Rice, A, Gourmelen, N & Wessem, JM 2020, 'Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 47, no. 4, e2019GL085591. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085591

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Leeson, A. A., Forster, E., Rice, A., Gourmelen, N., & Wessem, J. M. (2020). Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed. Geophysical Research Letters, 47(4), [e2019GL085591]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085591

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Leeson AA, Forster E, Rice A, Gourmelen N, Wessem JM. Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed. Geophysical Research Letters. 2020 Feb 28;47(4). e2019GL085591. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085591

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Leeson, A.A. ; Forster, E. ; Rice, A. ; Gourmelen, N. ; Wessem, J.M. / Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed. In: Geophysical Research Letters. 2020 ; Vol. 47, No. 4.

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