Bathymetric Hypsographic Function Values


As part of the Long Term Ecological Research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, bathymetric data was collected for Lakes Hoare, Fryxell and Bonney. This table contains the area, volume represented in a given layer, and volume represented below a given depth for various depths in these lakes.

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 Data was collected by Jeffrey Schmok in November 1995 in order to prepare the Golder report on the bathymetry of Lakes Hoare, Fryxell, and Bonney. A 0.0 m contour is based on a shoreline survey of the frozen moat, and therefore is closer to piezometric water level  than to top surface of floating permanent ice. Deeper contours are based on piezometric water level. Thus volume calculations within the ice cover represent volumes of liquid water as if the ice was melted. 
Third order polynomial equations were fit to the area vs. depth data both from Schmok's report and from the digitized map data, using SigmaPlot's curve fitting routine. However, since the contour data are already a "best-fit" of measured depth data, and  contour intervals are relatively small, it was decided to linearly interpolate the depth:area relationships for depths between the measured depth contours, at 0.5m intervals. Volume was calculated for each 0.5m increment as a truncated cone


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Data contained in these files has been subjected to quality control standards imposed by the investigator. The user of this data should be aware that, while efforts have been taken to ensure that these data are of the highest quality, there is no guarantee of perfection for the data contained herein and the possibility of errors exists. If you encounter questionable data, please contact the MCM LTER data manager corrected or qualified. Thus, these data may be modified and future data will be appended.


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