Kamb Ice Stream

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A map of ice streams in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Kamb Ice Stream (82°15′S 145°00′W), is an ice stream flowing west to the Siple Coast between Siple Dome and the Whillans Ice Stream. It is one of several major ice streams draining from Marie Byrd Land into the Ross Ice Shelf.


The ice streams in this immediate area were investigated and mapped by United States Antarctic Research Program personnel in a number of field seasons from 1983-84. The streams were first named Ice Stream A, B, C, etc., according to their position from south to north.

The name was changed from "Ice Stream C" by US-ACAN in 2002 to honor Dr. Barclay Kamb, from the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, who, during the 1990s, conducted geophysical measurements and other monitoring of the movement of Marie Byrd Land ice streams.