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  1. Science Nation: Ice Core Secrets Could Reveal Answers to Global Warming

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    At the Stable Isotope Lab in Boulder, Colo., geoscientists work primarily with one raw material: ancient ice, in the form of ice cores. The ice cores come from Greenland and Antarctica. The information extracted from this ice could play a critical role in understanding and preparing for any imminent changes to our planet from global warming. Recent analysis of Greenland ice cores, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported project, has revealed some important clues about rapid climate changes near the end of the last ice age, about 11,700 years ago.

  2. Ancient Biomolecules from Deep Ice Cores Reveal a Forested Southern Greenland

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    Willerslev, Eske; Cappellini, Enrico; Boomsma, Wouter; Nielsen, Rasmus; Hebsgaard, Martin B.; Brand, Tina B.; Hofreiter, Michael; Bunce, Michael; Poinar, Hendrik N.; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Johnsen, Sigfus; Steffensen, Jørgen Peder; Bennike, Ole; Schwenninger, Jean-Luc; Nathan, Roger; Armitage, Simon; de Hoog, Cees-Jan; Alfimov, Vasily; Christl, Marcus; Beer, Juerg; Muscheler, Raimund; Barker, Joel; Sharp, Martin; Penkman, Kirsty E.H.; Haile, James; Taberlet, Pierre; Gilbert, M. Thomas P.; Casoli, Antonella; Campani, Elisa; Collins, Matthew J.

    2009-01-01

    One of the major difficulties in paleontology is the acquisition of fossil data from the 10% of Earth’s terrestrial surface that is covered by thick glaciers and ice sheets. Here we reveal that DNA and amino acids from buried organisms can be recovered from the basal sections of deep ice cores and allow reconstructions of past flora and fauna. We show that high altitude southern Greenland, currently lying below more than two kilometers of ice, was once inhabited by a diverse array of conifer trees and insects that may date back more than 450 thousand years. The results provide the first direct evidence in support of a forested southern Greenland and suggest that many deep ice cores may contain genetic records of paleoenvironments in their basal sections. PMID:17615355

  3. Ancient biomolecules from deep ice cores reveal a forested southern Greenland.

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    Willerslev, Eske; Cappellini, Enrico; Boomsma, Wouter; Nielsen, Rasmus; Hebsgaard, Martin B; Brand, Tina B; Hofreiter, Michael; Bunce, Michael; Poinar, Hendrik N; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Johnsen, Sigfus; Steffensen, Jørgen Peder; Bennike, Ole; Schwenninger, Jean-Luc; Nathan, Roger; Armitage, Simon; de Hoog, Cees-Jan; Alfimov, Vasily; Christl, Marcus; Beer, Juerg; Muscheler, Raimund; Barker, Joel; Sharp, Martin; Penkman, Kirsty E H; Haile, James; Taberlet, Pierre; Gilbert, M Thomas P; Casoli, Antonella; Campani, Elisa; Collins, Matthew J

    2007-07-01

    It is difficult to obtain fossil data from the 10% of Earth's terrestrial surface that is covered by thick glaciers and ice sheets, and hence, knowledge of the paleoenvironments of these regions has remained limited. We show that DNA and amino acids from buried organisms can be recovered from the basal sections of deep ice cores, enabling reconstructions of past flora and fauna. We show that high-altitude southern Greenland, currently lying below more than 2 kilometers of ice, was inhabited by a diverse array of conifer trees and insects within the past million years. The results provide direct evidence in support of a forested southern Greenland and suggest that many deep ice cores may contain genetic records of paleoenvironments in their basal sections. PMID:17615355

  4. The GRIP Ice Coring Effort

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    This NOAA website provides a summary of the Greenland Ice Core Project, which resulted in a 3029 m long ice core drilled in Central Greenland from 1989 to 1992. The core reveals information on past environmental and climatic changes that are stored in the ice. Isotopic studies and various atmospheric constituents in the core have revealed a detailed record of climatic variations that span more than 100,000 years. The final report from the project may be downloaded as either a Word or ASCII file.

  5. Decapitation of high-altitude glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau revealed by ice core tritium and mercury records

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    Kang, S. C.; Wang, F. Y.; Morgenstern, U.; Zhang, Y. L.; Grigholm, B.; Kaspari, S.; Schwikowski, M.; Ren, J. W.; Yao, T. D.; Qin, D. H.; Mayewski, P. A.

    2015-01-01

    Two ice cores were retrieved from high elevations (~ 5800 m a.s.l.) at Mt. Nyainqentanglha and Mt. Geladaindong in the southern to inland Tibetan Plateau. The combined analysis of tritium (3H), 210Pb, mercury tracers, along with other chemical records, revealed that the two coring sites had not received net ice accumulation since at least the 1950s and 1980s, respectively, implying an annual ice loss rate of more than several hundred millimeter water equivalent over these periods. Both mass balance modeling at the sites and in situ data from nearby glaciers confirmed a continuously negative mass balance (or mass loss) in the region due to the dramatic warming in the last decades. Along with a recent report on Naimona'nyi Glacier in the Himalaya, the findings suggest that glacier decapitation (i.e., the loss of the accumulation zone) is a wide-spread phenomenon from the southern to inland Tibetan Plateau even at the summit regions. This raises concerns over the rapid rate of glacier ice loss and associated changes in surface glacier runoff, water availability, and sea levels.

  6. National Ice Core Laboratory

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    USGS

    This facility stores, curates and studies ice cores recovered from glaciers from around the world. The site provides a photo gallery and description about each step of the process of drilling, transporting and analyzing the core. There is also a database of basic information about each core held at the laboratory and links to global change research information.

  7. Global Ice Core Research

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    This informative site from the US Geological Survey (USGS) covers the latest ice-core research projects from around the world, including sites in Nepal, Norway, and Kyrghyzstan. Authored by researchers at the Global Ice core Research Office, the site contains an overview of the mid-latitude and polar glaciers, isotopic methods in glacial research, and applications to paleoclimatology. Links to maps, figures, and in some cases, full-text articles (HTML) about specific glaciers are available, and the site is peppered with color photos of glacial environments. Links to biographies of the scientists involved in the project, contacts, and other snow and ice sites are also listed.

  8. USGS National Ice Core Laboratory

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    This United States Geological Survey site highlights the work of the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL). It discusses the NICL's role, why ice cores are important to study, how ice cores are drilled and studied, and core drilling locations. These cores are recovered and studied for a variety of scientific investigations, most of which focus on the reconstruction of Earth's climate history. The facility currently houses over 14,000 meters of ice cores from 34 drill sites in Greenland, Antarctica, and high mountain glaciers in the Western United States. There are links for more information and individual core information such as numbers, locations and sizes.

  9. Dramatic loss of glacier accumulation area on the Tibetan Plateau revealed by ice core tritium and mercury records

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    Kang, S.; Wang, F.; Morgenstern, U.; Zhang, Y.; Grigholm, B.; Kaspari, S.; Schwikowski, M.; Ren, J.; Yao, T.; Qin, D.; Mayewski, P. A.

    2015-06-01

    Two ice cores were retrieved from high elevations (~5800 m a.s.l.) at Mt. Nyainqêntanglha and Mt. Geladaindong in the southern and central Tibetan Plateau region. The combined tracer analysis of tritium (3H), 210Pb and mercury, along with other chemical records, provided multiple lines of evidence supporting that the two coring sites had not received net ice accumulation since at least the 1950s and 1980s, respectively. These results implied an annual ice loss rate of more than several hundred millimeter water equivalent over the past 30-60 years. Both mass balance modeling at the sites and in situ data from the nearby glaciers confirmed a continuously negative mass balance (or mass loss) in the region due to dramatic warming in recent decades. Along with a recent report on Naimona'nyi Glacier in the Himalayas, the findings suggest that the loss of accumulation area of glacier is a possibility from the southern to central Tibetan Plateau at high elevations, probably up to about 5800 m a.s.l. This mass loss raises concerns over the rapid rate of glacier ice loss and associated changes in surface glacier runoff, water availability, and sea levels.

  10. Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC)

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    Professor Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College. Based on data of J. Chapellaz, Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l'Environment, Grenoble. Archived at: Lamont-Dohert Earth Observatory (more info) . Starting Point page organized by R.M. MacKay.

    Students use Excel to graph and analyze Vostok ice core data (160,000 years of Ice core data from Vostok Station). Data includes ice age, ice depth, carbon dioxide, methane, dust, and deuterium isotope relative abundance.

  11. Tropical Ice Cores Measure Climate

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    This video profiles glaciologist Lonnie Thompson and his research into tropical mountain glaciers as a way to understand climate history. Beginning in the 1970s, Thompson recognized that tropical ice cores contain information relating to tropical climate phenomena, including El NiÃo events and monsoons. These phenomena are not archived in ice from polar regions. Thompson explains that his archive of ice cores is full of clues that, taken together with records collected from around the world, can help scientists create a timeline that tells Earth's climate story.

  12. Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group

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    Byrd Polar Research Center

    This site, hosted by Ohio State University, contributes to our understanding of the complex interactions within the Earth's coupled climate system through the collection and study of a global array of ice cores. These acquisitions provides high resolution climatic and environmental histories that will include ice core histories from Africa, Antarctica, Bolivia, China, Greenland, Peru, Russia and the United States. The project makes it possible to study processes linking the Polar Regions to the lower latitudes where human activities are most intense. These ice core records contribute prominently to the Earth's paleoclimate record, the ultimate yardstick against which the significance of present and projected anthropogenic effects will be assessed. Images, data sets, publications and research projects are linked to the home page.

  13. Vostok Ice Core Lab Activity

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    Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

    This site from Columbia provides a lab activity that introduces students to Vostok ice core data. Students will examine the changes of temperature, carbon dioxide, methane, and dust as a function of depth and age in order to answer questions about conditions during the last glacial maximum and glacial/interglacial changes.

  14. International ice core community meets to discuss best practices for ice core curation

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    Hinkley, Todd

    Several countries now have national ice core laboratories, or substantial ice core facilities, where these proxy archives of the Earth's past climate and atmosphere are safeguarded, processed, and analyzed. Australia, China, Denmark, Japan, Argentina, and the United States have formal, dedicated ice core repositories with laboratories. India's is under construction, in Goa. France, Germany, Russia, and the U.K. have long had substantial ice core holdings and facilities for analysis of ice cores. Brazil, Chile, Italy, and Switzerland have expanding field acquisition and analytical programs that require favorable storage conditions for ice cores.Representatives of 12 countries gathered in Milan, Italy, in late August for a first meeting, InterICE, of “international ice core establishments,” to compare and discuss ideas about best practices for acquisition, storage, curation, and distribution of the ice cores that have been drilled from the polar and temperate glaciers of the world, representing up to a half-million years of the Earth's most recent past.

  15. Late Cenozoic oscillations of Antarctic ice sheets revealed by provenance of basement clasts and grain detrital modes in ANDRILL core AND-1B

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    Talarico, F. M.; McKay, R. M.; Powell, R. D.; Sandroni, S.; Naish, T.

    2012-10-01

    Petrological investigations of the sand fraction and of granule- to cobble-sized clasts in the Plio-Pleistocene sedimentary cycles of the AND-1B drill core at the NW edge of the Ross Ice Shelf (McMurdo Sound) highlight significant down-core modal and compositional variations. These variations provide: (i) direct information about potential source regions during both glacial maxima and minima; and (ii) evidence of an evolving provenance, documented by long-term shifts in compositional patterns that can be interpreted as reflecting variations in ice volume and ice sheet thermal regimes and changes in paleogeography related to the emergence of several volcanic centres during the deposition of the drill core over the past ca. 3.5 Ma. The most significant change in diamictite provenance (identified at 82.7 metre below the sea floor, mbsf), coincides with a change in sedimentary cycle architecture from sequences that are dominated by diamictites (Mid-Late Pleistocene, above 82.7 mbsf) to sequences characterised by cycles of diamictite (subglacial) and diatomite (open-marine) deposition (Pliocene, below 82.7 mbsf). In the Mid-Late Pleistocene glacial/interglacial cycles diamictites show high amounts of Skelton-Mulock sourced clasts, supplied from both basement and overlying Beacon and Ferrar supergroups, and they also include a variable contribution from reworking of glacial sediments that were deposited during earlier glacial activity. In the Pliocene to early Pleistocene diatomite-diamictite cycles basement clast compositions indicate the same provenance (Mulock-Skelton) but the main debris load was picked up from volcanic centres in the McMurdo Sound area. Similarly, associated glacial minima sediments (i.e., diatomite intervals) are dominated by volcanic clasts suggesting calving of glaciers from Ross Island or the Koettlitz Glacier region during interglacials. In agreement with previous glaciological reconstructions and numerical ice sheet models, the provenance of glacially transported material is firmly identified in the region between Ross Island and the Skelton-Mulock glacier area (South Victoria Land). The reconstructed ice directions and ice dynamic model are comparable to the configurations proposed for the grounded ice expansion within the McMurdo Sound during the Last Glacial Maximum, and they are also consistent with ice-flow patterns previously reconstructed for Pliocene and Pleistocene glacial settings in the region.

  16. Digital Imaging of Ice Cores: Early Results

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    Hargreaves, G.; McGwire, K.; Taylor, K.; Alley, R. B.; Dupont, T. K.; Reusch, D. B.

    2005-12-01

    Ice core science addresses fundamental questions of human interest related to global warming, abrupt climate change, biogeochemical cycling and more, and directly informs policymakers. The National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) in Denver, Colorado, is currently developing a high-resolution optical scanning system for laboratory curation in order to expand the accessibility of ice core data sets through creation of a digital archive of ice core images. Additional goals of this project include development of internet-based search and retrieval capabilities from this digital archive; development of a digital image analysis system specifically for ice core studies; integration of digital optical data with other dating methods and testing of the image processing tools in scientific investigations. By providing permanent online digital archives of core quality, it will allow improved selection of samples, and documentation of possible core-quality artifacts for all U.S. ice core scientists. This project will allow any researcher to examine the core in similar detail to the few investigators who were fortunate enough to observe it before modifications from sampling and storage. This re-examination can be done decades later by anyone at any location, which is not possible now because only the interpretation of the original observer is recorded. Integration of this digital optical examination into ice core analysis will speed discovery, allow collaborative interpretation, and enhance consistency of analysis to improve ice core dating, identification of melt layers, location of flow disturbances, and more. Here we report on the current status of, and latest results from, these development efforts, including examples of images from the GISP2 (Greenland Ice Sheet Project Two) ice core. Preliminary work on this core shows that the imaging system successfully and accurately captures numerous features readily recognized by (trained) human observers, such as layering from changes in dust content and seasonal variability, dips and folds (including boudins), and melt layers.

  17. Siple Dome ice reveals two modes of millennial CO2 change during the last ice age

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    Ahn, Jinho; Brook, Edward J.

    2014-01-01

    Reconstruction of atmospheric CO2 during times of past abrupt climate change may help us better understand climate-carbon cycle feedbacks. Previous ice core studies reveal simultaneous increases in atmospheric CO2 and Antarctic temperature during times when Greenland and the northern hemisphere experienced very long, cold stadial conditions during the last ice age. Whether this relationship extends to all of the numerous stadial events in the Greenland ice core record has not been clear. Here we present a high-resolution record of atmospheric CO2 from the Siple Dome ice core, Antarctica for part of the last ice age. We find that CO2 does not significantly change during the short Greenlandic stadial events, implying that the climate system perturbation that produced the short stadials was not strong enough to substantially alter the carbon cycle. PMID:24781344

  18. Dust Records in Ice Cores from the Tibetan Plateau

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    Wang, N.; Yao, T.; Thompson, L. G.

    2014-12-01

    Dust plays an important role in the Earth system, and it usually displays largely spatial and temporal variations. It is necessary for us to reconstruct the past variations of dust in different regions to better understand the interactions between dust and environments. Ice core records can reveal the history of dust variations. In this paper, we used the Guliya, Dunde, Malan and Dasuopu ice cores from the Tibetan Plateau to study the spatial distribution, the seasonal variations and the secular trends of dust. It was found that the mean dust concentration was higher by one or two order of magnitudes in the Guliya and Dunde ice cores from the northern Tibetan Plateau than in the Dasuopu ice core from the southern Tibetan Plateau. During the year, the highest dust concentration occurs in the springtime in the northern Tibetan Plateau while in the non-monsoon season in the southern Tibetan Plateau. Over the last millennium, the Dasuopu ice core record shows that the 1270s~1380s and 1870s~1990s were the two epochs with high dust concentration. However, the Malan ice core from the northern Tibetan Plateau indicates that high dust concentration occurred in the 1130s~1550s and 1770s~1940s. Interestingly, climatic and environmental records of the ice cores from the Tibetan Plateau reflected that the correlation between dust concentration and air temperature was strongly positive in the southern Plateau while negative in the northern Plateau over the last millennium. This implies that climatic and environmental changes existed considerable differences in the different parts of the Plateau. Moreover, four Asian megadroughts occurred in 1638~1641, 1756~1758, 1790~1796 and 1876~1878, which caused more than tens millions people died, were revealed clearly by dust record in the Dasuopu ice core.

  19. laser ultrasonic characterization of ice cores

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    van Wijk, K.; Otheim, L. T.; Marshall, H.; Kurbatov, A.; Spaulding, N. E.

    2013-12-01

    We present preliminary measurements on ice cores of elastic wave forms at ultrasonic frequencies. The aim of the project is to map out internal properties of the ice to improve our understanding of the processes responsible for the ice structure. Annual layering is one of the targets, but the alignment of ice crystals is another.We use a system based on laser sources and receivers for a number of reasons. First, the lasers allow us to probe the ice in a non-destructive and non-contacting matter through optical windows into our cold room. Second, the lasers/core system is controlled via computerized stages, which allow us to have unprecedented data density, repeatable data acquisition, and high fidelity in each waveform. We calibrated layering properties with man-made ice structures, and we will present ongoing tests on Antarctic cores from various depths and locations.

  20. Color Reveals Translucent Seasonal Ice

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    2007-01-01

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    In a region near the south pole of Mars translucent carbon dioxide ice covers the ground seasonally. For the first time we can 'see' the translucent ice by the affect it has on the appearance of the surface below.

    Dark fans of dust (figure 1) from the surface drape over the top of the seasonal ice. The surface would be the same color as the dust except that the seasonal ice affecting its appearance. Bright bluish streaks are frost that has re-crystallized from the atmosphere.

    Sunlight can penetrate through the seasonal layer of translucent ice to warm the ground below. That causes the seasonal ice layer to sublime (evaporate) from the bottom rather than the top.

    Observation Geometry Image PSP_002942_0935 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 13-Mar-2007. The complete image is centered at -86.4 degrees latitude, 99.2 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 245.4 km (153.4 miles). At this distance the image scale is 49.1 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects 147 cm across are resolved. The image shown here has been map-projected to 50 cm/pixel . The image was taken at a local Mars time of 06:41 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 82 degrees, thus the sun was about 8 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 199.6 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Autumn.

  1. Interpreting ancient ice in a shallow ice core from the South Yamato (Antarctica) blue ice area using flow modeling and compositional matching to deep ice cores

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    John C. Moore; Fumihiko Nishio; Shuji Fujita; Hideki Narita; Elizabeth Pasteur; Aslak Grinsted; Anna Sinisalo; Norikazu Maeno

    2006-01-01

    We explore methods of dating a 101 m ice core from a bare ice ablation area in the Yamato Mountains, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. There are two unknowns, the age of the ice at the surface and the age spanned by the core. The ice crystal growth rate was used to estimate the age span of the core at

  2. The history of early polar ice cores

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    Chester C. Langway

    2008-01-01

    The scientific knowledge of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and the subsequently derived Earth history, has been greatly increased during the past 50 years. Much of the new information was obtained from various studies made on a relatively small number of deep (300–400 m) and several very deep (some over 3000 m) ice cores, recovered from the inland regions of both ice

  3. Ice Chemistry in Starless Molecular Cores

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    Kalv?ns, J.

    2015-06-01

    Starless molecular cores are natural laboratories for interstellar molecular chemistry research. The chemistry of ices in such objects was investigated with a three-phase (gas, surface, and mantle) model. We considered the center part of five starless cores, with their physical conditions derived from observations. The ice chemistry of oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, and complex organic molecules (COMs) was analyzed. We found that an ice-depth dimension, measured, e.g., in monolayers, is essential for modeling of chemistry in interstellar ices. Particularly, the H2O:CO:CO2:N2:NH3 ice abundance ratio regulates the production and destruction of minor species. It is suggested that photodesorption during the core-collapse period is responsible for the high abundance of interstellar H2O2 and O2H and other species synthesized on the surface. The calculated abundances of COMs in ice were compared to observed gas-phase values. Smaller activation barriers for CO and H2CO hydrogenation may help explain the production of a number of COMs. The observed abundance of methyl formate HCOOCH3 could be reproduced with a 1 kyr, 20 K temperature spike. Possible desorption mechanisms, relevant for COMs, are gas turbulence (ice exposure to interstellar photons) or a weak shock within the cloud core (grain collisions). To reproduce the observed COM abundances with the present 0D model, 1%–10% of ice mass needs to be sublimated. We estimate that the lifetime for starless cores likely does not exceed 1 Myr. Taurus cores are likely to be younger than their counterparts in most other clouds.

  4. A High Resolution Ice Core Record from the Puruogangri Ice Field, Tibetan Plateau

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    Tandong, Y.; Thompson, L. G.; Davis, M. E.; Mosley-Thompson, E. S.; Ninglian, W.; Mashiotta, T. A.; Lin, P.; Baiqing, X.

    2004-12-01

    Three ice cores (215 m, 154 m, and 118 m in length) have been recovered from the Puruogangri Ice Field ( ˜33\\deg44' - 34\\deg03'N; \\sim89° 00' - 89° 20'E; 422.6 km2; 5970 masl) on the western end of the Tanggula Mountain Range. The ice bedrock temperature is -6.2° C. These cores have been continuously analyzed for stable oxygen isotopic ratios, concentrations of major ions and insoluble dust, and total Beta radioactivity. Annual layer thicknesses for the last 41 years reveal an average net annual accumulation 370 mm of water equivalent. The isotopic records from this very remote site indicate that the most significant isotopic enrichment (interpreted as atmospheric warming) in the ice field's history has occurred in the last 50 years. Puruogangri is surrounded by sand dunes that lap onto its margins and as the sand moves in the spring, it produces a distinct annual dust layer that allows precise dating of the cores. Moreover, Puruogangri's vertical relief facilitates the transportation of fragments of the sparse vegetation in the area to the top of the ice field. AMS 14C dating of several plant fragments from near the bottom of the core indicates that the Puruogangri Ice Field formed in the mid-Holocene. The possible reasons will be discussed as to why this high, cold and remote ice field is so young (mid-Holocene).

  5. Seasonal precipitation timing and ice core records

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    Steig, E.J.; Grootes, P.M.; Stuiver, M. (Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States))

    1994-12-16

    This is a commentary on global circulation model experiments of moisture source changes in Greenland, urging caution in how they are applied because they have important implications for paleoclimate reconstruction from ice cores. The work comes from preliminary find is of a ice core (GISP2) of the authors. The authors conclude that at present anomalies in Greenland ice core records should not be interpreted solely in terms of source region variations. The combined use of oxygen 18, D and ionic species in the new Summit, Greenland cores should make it possible to answer empirically some of the questions raised by the GCM experiments as to the interpretation of oxygen 18 records in terms of temperature. 4 refs., 1 fig.

  6. Antarctic-Wide Array of High-Resolution Ice Core Records Reveals Pervasive Lead Pollution Began in 1889 and Persists Today

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    McConnell, J. R.; Maselli, O. J.; Sigl, M.; Vallelonga, P.; Neumann, Thomas Allen; Anschutz, H.; Bales, R. C.; Curran, M. A. J.; Das, S. B.; Edwards, R.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Layman, L.; Thomas, E. R.

    2014-01-01

    Interior Antarctica is among the most remote places on Earth and was thought to be beyond the reach of human impacts when Amundsen and Scott raced to the South Pole in 1911. Here we show detailed measurements from an extensive array of 16 ice cores quantifying substantial toxic heavy metal lead pollution at South Pole and throughout Antarctica by 1889 - beating polar explorers by more than 22 years. Unlike the Arctic where lead pollution peaked in the 1970s, lead pollution in Antarctica was as high in the early 20th century as at any time since industrialization. The similar timing and magnitude of changes in lead deposition across Antarctica, as well as the characteristic isotopic signature of Broken Hill lead found throughout the continent, suggest that this single emission source in southern Australia was responsible for the introduction of lead pollution into Antarctica at the end of the 19th century and remains a significant source today. An estimated 660 t of industrial lead have been deposited over Antarctica during the past 130 years as a result of mid-latitude industrial emissions, with regional-to-global scale circulation likely modulating aerosol concentrations. Despite abatement efforts, significant lead pollution in Antarctica persists into the 21st century.

  7. First investigations of an ice core from Eisriesenwelt cave (Austria)

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    B. May; C. Spötl; D. Wagenbach; Y. Dublyansky; J. Liebl

    2010-01-01

    Investigations into the genesis and dynamical properties of cave ice are essential for assessing the climate significance of these underground glaciers. We drilled an ice core through a 7.1 m thick ice body filling a large cavern of the dynamic ice cave Eisenriesenwelt (Austria). In addition to visual core inspections, quasi-continuous measurements at 2 cm resolution comprised particulate matter, stable

  8. Fabric measurement along the NEEM ice core, Greenland, and comparison with GRIP and NGRIP ice cores.

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    Montagnat, Maurine; Azuma, Nobuhiko; Dahl Jensen, Dorthe; Eichler, Jan; Fujita, Shuji; Gillet-Chaulet, Fabien; Kipfstuhl, Sepp; Samyn, Denis; Svensson, Anders; Weikusat, Ilka

    2014-05-01

    Fabric (distribution of crystallographic orientations) profile along the full NEEM ice core, Greenland, is presented in this work. Data were measured in the field by an Automatic Ice Texture Analyzer every 10 m, from 33 m down to 2461 m depth. The fabric evolves from a slightly anisotropic fabric at the top, toward a strong single maximum at about 2300 m, which is typical of a deformation pattern mostly driven by uniaxial compression and simple shearing. A sharp increase in the fabric strengthening is observed at the Holocene to Wisconsin climatic transition. A similar strengthening, toward an anisotropic single maximum-type fabric, has been observed in several ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, and can be attributed to a positive feedback between changes in ice viscosity at the climatic transition, and the impact of a shear component of stress. Centimeter scale abrupt texture (fabric and microstructure) variations are observed in the bottom part of the core. Their positions are in good agreement with the folding hypothesis used for a climatic reconstruction by Dahl-Jensen and co authors (2013). Comparison is made to two others ice cores drilled along the same ridge; the GRIP ice core drilled at the summit of the ice sheet, and the NorthGRIP ice core, drilled 325 km to the NNW of the summit along the ridge, and 365 km upstream from NEEM. The fabric profile clearly reflects the increase in shear deformation when moving NW along the ridge from GRIP to NorthGRIP and NEEM. The difference in fabric profiles between NEEM and NorthGRIP also evidences a stronger lateral extension associated with a sharper ridge at NorthGRIP. References: Dahl-Jensen, D. and 120 co-authors. Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core, Nature, 493, 489-493, 2013.

  9. Ice Core Recorded Climate changes on the Tibetan Plateau in the past 2000 years

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    Yao, T.; Yao Tandong

    2011-12-01

    Climate history on the Tibetan Plateau in the past 2000 years has been profusely studied using various proxies. Ice cores have been drilled on the Plateau since last century, with four cores systematically studied and widely reported as the Dasuopu (in Xixabangma on south Plateau), Guliya (in the west Kunlun Mt. on northwest Plateau), Puruogangri (in central Plateau), and Dunde (in Mt Qilian on north Plateau) ice cores. Different geographical locations of those four ice cores give rise to distinct climate histories, with the Dasuopu ice core representing variance of the Indian monsoon influence, the Guliya and Dunde ice cores representing that of the westerlies, and the Puruogangri ice core representing the interaction of both large-scale circulation systems. Despite different dominative circulation processes, study of modern delta-18O in precipitation suggests a positive correlation between delta-18O and temperature, thus confirming the representativeness of long-term delta-18O in ice cores of paleo-temperature. Each ice core record represents regional temperature variation, while comparison of those records highlight the synchronicity of significant climate events in the past 2000 years, including the Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age, and the 20th century warming. Besides, solar isolation is shown as the dominant factor over temperature changes on the Plateau, while variation of ENSO bears significantly on precipitation and snow accumulation on Tibetan glaciers. Recent studies of newly drilled ice cores in southeast Plateau reveals close relationship of temperature with bacteria variability, implying potential effect of global warming on bacteria activity. They also demonstrate significant effect of black carbon on glacial melting, suggesting increased influence of human activities on the southeast Plateau. With the widely distributed ice cores acquired, a composite of ice core records on the Plateau is in urgent need to demonstrate climate variation for the Tibetan Plateau in the past 2000 years, as it will help us better fathom with current climate changes and forecast future effect of climate change in this ecologically fragile region.

  10. Fabric measurement along the NEEM ice core, Greenland, and comparison with GRIP and NGRIP ice cores

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    Montagnat, M.; Azuma, N.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Eichler, J.; Fujita, S.; Gillet-Chaulet, F.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Samyn, D.; Svensson, A.; Weikusat, I.

    2014-01-01

    Fabric (distribution of crystallographic orientations) profile along the full NEEM ice core, Greenland, is presented in this work. Data were measured in the field by an Automatic Ice Texture Analyzer every 10 m, from 33 m down to 2461 m depth. The fabric evolves from a slightly anisotropic fabric at the top, toward a strong single maximum at about 2300 m, which is typical of a deformation pattern mostly driven by uniaxial compression and simple shearing. A sharp increase in the fabric strengthening is observed at the Holocene to Wisconsin climatic transition. A similar strengthening, toward an anisotropic single maximum-type fabric, has been observed in several ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, and can be attributed to a positive feedback between changes in ice viscosity at the climatic transition, and the impact of a shear component of stress. Centimeter scale abrupt texture (fabric and microstructure) variations are observed in the bottom part of the core. Their positions are in good agreement with the folding hypothesis used for a climatic reconstruction by Dahl-Jensen et al. (2013). Comparison is made to two others ice cores drilled along the same ridge; the GRIP ice core drilled at the summit of the ice sheet, and the NorthGRIP ice core, drilled 325 km to the NNW of the summit along the ridge, and 365 km upstream from NEEM. The fabric profile clearly reflects the increase in shear deformation when moving NW along the ridge from GRIP to NorthGRIP and NEEM. The difference in fabric profiles between NEEM and NorthGRIP also evidences a stronger lateral extension associated with a sharper ridge at NorthGRIP.

  11. Fabric along the NEEM ice core, Greenland, and its comparison with GRIP and NGRIP ice cores

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    Montagnat, M.; Azuma, N.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Eichler, J.; Fujita, S.; Gillet-Chaulet, F.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Samyn, D.; Svensson, A.; Weikusat, I.

    2014-07-01

    Fabric (distribution of crystallographic orientations) along the full NEEM ice core, Greenland was measured in the field by an automatic ice texture analyzer every 10 m, from 33 m down to 2461 m depth. The fabric evolves from a slightly anisotropic fabric at the top, toward a strong single maximum at about 2300 m, which is typical of a deformation pattern mostly driven by uniaxial compression and simple shearing. A sharp increase in the fabric strengthening rate is observed at the Holocene to Wisconsin (HW) climatic transition. From a simple model we estimate that this depth is located at a transition from a state dominated by vertical compression to a state dominated by vertical shear. Comparisons are made to two others ice cores drilled along the same ridge; the GRIP ice core, drilled at the summit of the ice sheet, and the NGRIP ice core, drilled 325 km to the NNW of the summit along the ridge, and 365 km upstream from NEEM. This comparison tends to demonstrate that the ice viscosity change with the HW climatic transition must be associated with the shear-dominated state to induce the abrupt fabric strengthening observed at NEEM. This comparison therefore reflects the increasing role of shear deformation on the coring site when moving NW along the ridge from GRIP to NGRIP and NEEM. The difference in fabric profiles between NEEM and NGRIP also evidences a stronger lateral extension associated with a sharper ridge at NGRIP. Further along the core, centimeter scale abrupt texture (fabric and microstructure) variations are observed in the bottom part of the core. Their positions are in good agreement with the observed folding layers in Dahl-Jensen et al. (2013).

  12. Exploring Paleoclimatology using Vostok Ice Core Data

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    This guide for instructors provides information on how to use data from ice cores in the classroom. The data consist of atmospheric gas percentages, such as CO2, in fossil air bubbles trapped in ice cores taken at the Vostok research station near the center of the Antarctic ice sheet. The data provides an historic record of atmospheric gas composition, which scientists use as a baseline to evaluate the effects of human activity. Classroom topics include methods for reconstructing past climates; ice ages and glacial cycles; the use isotopic data to determine temperature or age; and global warming. Students will learn to use the data to make graphs illustrating atmospheric changes over time; use math to process data to determine relationships between temperature and CO2 levels; compare data from independent experiments; and use proxy data to create visual representations of glacial cycles. Links are provided to download the data, and to a web-based application (WebMapper) that allows students to create graphs. There are also links to scientific references and educational resources that use this dataset, and to online resources with related information.

  13. Evidence of Little Ice Age in an East Antarctica Ice Core

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    J. Cole-Dai; Y. Li; L. Zhou

    2003-01-01

    An 80 meter ice core was retrieved from an East Antarctica location (76° S, 77° E) by the Chinese Antarctica Research Expedition in 1999. Chemical analysis of the ice core has yielded a record of ionic impurities in snow for the past 800 years (1200-1999 A.D.). The ice core is dated using a combination of annual layer counting and volcanic

  14. First investigations of an ice core from Eisriesenwelt cave (Austria)

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    B. May; C. Spötl; D. Wagenbach; Y. Dublyansky; J. Liebl

    2011-01-01

    Investigations into the genesis and dynamical properties of cave ice are essential for assessing the climate significance of these underground glaciers. We drilled an ice core through a 7.1 m-thick ice body filling a large cavern of the dynamic ice cave Eisenriesenwelt (Austria). In addition to visual core inspections, quasi-continuous measurements at 2 cm resolution comprised particulate matter, stable water

  15. Seasonal precipitation timing and ice core records

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    Charles, C.D. [Univ. of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States); Rind, D. [Goddard Inst. for Space Studies, New York, NY (United States); Jouzel, J. [Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (France)] [and others

    1995-07-14

    Commenting on our work with isotope tracers and the origin of moisture in general circulation model simulations suggest that changes in the seasonal distribution of precipitation may provide strong control on isotopic variability in Greenland ice cores. In principle, we agree with the thrust of their comment. In a broad sense, without consideration of specific processes, the seasonality effects discussed and the moisture source effects described in our report are two classes of the same general phenomenon: evaporation, distillation, and transport of isotopes over different temperature regimes. Although the analysis for Greenland precipitation over the last century suggests that seasonal effects are a significant component of interannual isotopic variability, general circulation model (GCMs) represent one of the few means of assessing the importance of this phenomenon for interpreting the isotopic record over glacial cycles. The GCM approach is important for understanding the relationship between {delta}{sup 18}O and temperature because (1) thermodynamic principles and analysis of modern isotopic data suggest that present-day spatial {delta}{sup 18}O-temperature correlations cannot be considered an exact surrogate for the temporal relationship between these variables (2) geographic isotopic variability-for example, the differences in isotopic values among ice cores-can best be examined with a three-dimensional mode. This short article goes on to explain the researchers` results and reasoning. 5 refs., 1 fig.

  16. Ice-core record of atmospheric methane over the past 160,000 years

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    J. Chappellaz; J. M. Barnola; D. Raynaud; C. Lorius; Y. S. Korotkevich

    1990-01-01

    Methane measurements along the Vostok ice core are reported which reveal strong variations of past CH4 concentrations in the 350-650 ppbv range, well below the present atmospheric conditions. These variations are well-correlated with climate change deduced from the isotopic composition of the Vostok ice core. Spectral analysis of the record indicates periodicities close to those of orbital variations. These CH4

  17. Holocene--Late Pleistocene Climatic Ice Core Records from Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

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    L. G. Thompson; E. Mosley-Thompson; M. E. Davis; J. F. Bolzan; J. Dai; T. Yao; N. Gundestrup; X. Wu; L. Klein; Z. Xie

    1989-01-01

    Three ice cores to bedrock from the Dunde ice cap on the north-central Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China provide a detailed record of Holocene and Wisconsin-Wurm late glacial stage (LGS) climate changes in the subtropics. The records reveal that LGS conditions were apparently colder, wetter, and dustier than Holocene conditions. The LGS part of the cores is characterized by more negative

  18. Consistently dated records from the Greenland GRIP, GISP2 and NGRIP ice cores for the past 104 ka reveal regional millennial-scale ?18O gradients with possible Heinrich event imprint

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    Seierstad, Inger K.; Abbott, Peter M.; Bigler, Matthias; Blunier, Thomas; Bourne, Anna J.; Brook, Edward; Buchardt, Susanne L.; Buizert, Christo; Clausen, Henrik B.; Cook, Eliza; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Davies, Siwan M.; Guillevic, Myriam; Johnsen, Sigfús J.; Pedersen, Desirée S.; Popp, Trevor J.; Rasmussen, Sune O.; Severinghaus, Jeffrey P.; Svensson, Anders; Vinther, Bo M.

    2014-12-01

    We present a synchronization of the NGRIP, GRIP and GISP2 ice cores onto a master chronology extending back to 104 ka before present, providing a consistent chronological framework for these three Greenland records. The synchronization aligns distinct peaks in volcanic proxy records and other impurity records (chemo-stratigraphic matching) and assumes that these layers of elevated impurity content represent the same, instantaneous event in the past at all three sites. More than 900 marker horizons between the three cores have been identified and our matching is independently confirmed by 24 new and previously identified volcanic ash (tephra) tie-points. Using the reference horizons, we transfer the widely used Greenland ice-core chronology, GICC05modelext, to the two Summit cores, GRIP and GISP2. Furthermore, we provide gas chronologies for the Summit cores that are consistent with the GICC05modelext timescale by utilizing both existing and new gas data (CH4 concentration and ?15N of N2). We infer that the accumulation contrast between the stadial and interstadial phases of the glacial period was ?10% greater at Summit compared to at NGRIP. The ?18O temperature-proxy records from NGRIP, GRIP, and GISP2 are generally very similar and display synchronous behaviour at climate transitions. The ?18O differences between Summit and NGRIP, however, changed slowly over the Last Glacial-Interglacial cycle and also underwent abrupt millennial-to-centennial-scale variations. We suggest that this observed latitudinal ?18O gradient in Greenland during the glacial period is the result of 1) relatively higher degree of precipitation with a Pacific signature at NGRIP, 2) increased summer bias in precipitation at Summit, and 3) enhanced Rayleigh distillation due to an increased source-to-site distance and a potentially larger source-to-site temperature gradient. We propose that these processes are governed by changes in the North American Ice Sheet (NAIS) volume and North Atlantic sea-ice extent and/or sea-surface temperatures (SST) on orbital timescales, and that changing sea-ice extent and SSTs are the driving mechanisms on shorter timescales. Finally, we observe that maxima in the Summit-NGRIP ?18O difference are roughly coincident with prominent Heinrich events. This suggests that the climatic reorganization that takes place during stadials with Heinrich events, possibly driven by a southward expansion of sea ice and low SSTs in the North Atlantic, are recorded in the ice-core records.

  19. On the nature of the dirty ice at the bottom of the GISP2 ice core

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    Bender, Michael L.; Burgess, Edward; Alley, Richard B.; Barnett, Bruce; Clow, Gary D.

    2010-11-01

    We present data on the triple Ar isotope composition in trapped gas from clean, stratigraphically disturbed ice between 2800 and 3040 m depth in the GISP2 ice core, and from basal dirty ice from 3040 to 3053 m depth. We also present data for the abundance and isotopic composition of O 2 and N 2, and abundance of Ar, in the basal dirty ice. The Ar/N 2 ratio of dirty basal ice, the heavy isotope enrichment (reflecting gravitational fractionation), and the total gas content all indicate that the gases in basal dirty ice originate from the assimilation of clean ice of the overlying glacier, which comprises most of the ice in the dirty bottom layer. O 2 is partly to completely depleted in basal ice, reflecting active metabolism. The gravitationally corrected ratio of 40Ar/ 38Ar, which decreases with age in the global atmosphere, is compatible with an age of 100-250 ka for clean disturbed ice. In basal ice, 40Ar is present in excess due to injection of radiogenic 40Ar produced in the underlying continental crust. The weak depth gradient of 40Ar in the dirty basal ice, and the distribution of dirt, indicate mixing within the basal ice, while various published lines of evidence indicate mixing within the overlying clean, disturbed ice. Excess CH 4, which reaches thousands of ppm in basal dirty ice at GRIP, is virtually absent in overlying clean disturbed ice, demonstrating that mixing of dirty basal ice into the overlying clean ice, if it occurs at all, is very slow. Order-of-magnitude estimates indicate that the mixing rate of clean ice into dirty ice is sufficient to maintain a steady thickness of dirty ice against thinning from the mean ice flow. The dirty ice appears to consist of two or more basal components in addition to clean glacial ice. A small amount of soil or permafrost, plus preglacial snow, lake or ground ice could explain the observations.

  20. Implementation of counted layers for coherent ice core chronology

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    Lemieux-Dudon, B.; Bazin, L.; Landais, A.; Toyé Mahamadou Kele, H.; Guillevic, M.; Kindler, P.; Parrenin, F.; Martinerie, P.

    2015-06-01

    A recent coherent chronology has been built for four Antarctic ice cores and the NorthGRIP (NGRIP) Greenland ice core (Antarctic Ice Core Chronology 2012, AICC2012) using a Bayesian approach for ice core dating (Datice). When building the AICC2012 chronology, and in order to prevent any confusion with official ice core chronology, the AICC2012 chronology for NGRIP was forced to fit exactly the GICC05 chronology based on layer counting. However, such a strong tuning did not satisfy the hypothesis of independence of background parameters and observations for the NGRIP core, as required by Datice. We present here the implementation in Datice of a new type of markers that is better suited for constraints deduced from layer counting: the duration constraints. Estimating the global error on chronology due to such markers is not straightforward and implies some assumption on the correlation between individual counting errors for each interval of duration. We validate this new methodological implementation by conducting twin experiments and a posteriori diagnostics on the NGRIP ice core. Several sensitivity tests on marker sampling and correlation between counting errors were performed to provide some guidelines when using such a method for future dating experiments. Finally, using these markers for NGRIP in a five-core dating exercise with Datice leads to new chronologies that do not differ by more than 410 years from AICC2012 for Antarctic ice cores and 150 years from GICC05 for NGRIP over the last 60 000 years.

  1. Challenging an ice-core paleothermometer

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    MacAyeal, D. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)

    1995-10-20

    The temperature-depth profile near Earth`s surface has long been recognized as an inventory of environmental history. In 1864 for example, Lord Kelvin used such a profile to argue that the age of Earth`s crust since a presumed molten {open_quotes}birth{close_quotes} was inconsistent with prevailing notions of geologic time. (1) Kelvin`s age estimate turned out to be low because it did not account for radio-active heating within rocks and mantle connection which were discovered after the time of Kelvin`s analysis. Nevertheless, an important lesson is appreciated from Kelvin`s work (2): Environmental history (such as annual average surface air temperature) produces a unique effect on near-surface Earth temperatures. This article discusses the possible inaccuracy of previous deductions of surface temperature history from ice-core oxygen-isotope stratigraphy. The analysis and solution to the paleothermometry problem is presented. 9 refs., 1 fig.

  2. Tributaries of West Antarctic Ice Streams Revealed by RADARSAT Interferometry.

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    Joughin; Gray; Bindschadler; Price; Morse; Hulbe; Mattar; Werner

    1999-10-01

    Interferometric RADARSAT data are used to map ice motion in the source areas of four West Antarctic ice streams. The data reveal that tributaries, coincident with subglacial valleys, provide a spatially extensive transition between slow inland flow and rapid ice stream flow and that adjacent ice streams draw from shared source regions. Two tributaries flow into the stagnant ice stream C, creating an extensive region that is thickening at an average rate of 0.49 meters per year. This is one of the largest rates of thickening ever reported in Antarctica. PMID:10514370

  3. white paper, 9 March 2009 An ice core to reconstruct Greenland ice sheet mass balance

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    Box, Jason E.

    white paper, 9 March 2009 1 An ice core to reconstruct Greenland a handful of years suggest a profound Greenland ice sheet mass balance sensitivity (2000) found that the Greenland ice sheet lost as much as 2/3 its current

  4. Discoveries Within the Ice: Plans of the Ice Coring and Drilling Science Community

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. R. Albert; C. R. Bentley; M. Twickler

    2010-01-01

    The search for answers to questions about our changing climate creates an urgent need to discover the clues to the past archived in glaciers and ice sheets, and to understand current ice sheet behavior. Recognizing that U.S. scientific productivity in this area depends upon a mechanism for ensuring continuity and international cooperation in ice coring and drilling efforts, along with

  5. First investigations of an ice core from Eisriesenwelt cave (Austria)

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    May, B.; Spötl, C.; Wagenbach, D.; Dublyansky, Y.; Liebl, J.

    2011-02-01

    Investigations into the genesis and dynamical properties of cave ice are essential for assessing the climate significance of these underground glaciers. We drilled an ice core through a 7.1 m-thick ice body filling a large cavern of the dynamic ice cave Eisenriesenwelt (Austria). In addition to visual core inspections, quasi-continuous measurements at 2 cm resolution comprised particulate matter, stable water isotope (?18O, ?D) and electrolytic conductivity profiles supplemented by specifically selected samples analyzed for tritium and radiocarbon. We found that recent ablation led to an almost complete loss of bomb-derived tritium removing any ice accumulated since, at least, the early fifties leaving the actual ice surface even below the natural tritium level. The small particulate organic masses rendered radiocarbon dating inconclusive, though a crude estimate gave a basal ice age in the order of several thousand years. The visual stratigraphy and all investigated parameters showed a clear dichotomy between the upper 2 m and the bottom 3 m of the core, which points to a substantial change in the ice formation process. Main features of the core comprise the changing appearance and composition of distinct cryocalcite layers, extremely low total ion content and a surprisingly high variability of the isotope signature. Co-isotope evaluation (?D versus ?18O) of the core in comparison with data from precipitation and karst spring water clearly indicate that ice formation is governed by (slow) freezing of dripping water.

  6. First investigations of an ice core from Eisriesenwelt cave (Austria)

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    May, B.; Spötl, C.; Wagenbach, D.; Dublyansky, Y.; Liebl, J.

    2010-09-01

    Investigations into the genesis and dynamical properties of cave ice are essential for assessing the climate significance of these underground glaciers. We drilled an ice core through a 7.1 m thick ice body filling a large cavern of the dynamic ice cave Eisenriesenwelt (Austria). In addition to visual core inspections, quasi-continuous measurements at 2 cm resolution comprised particulate matter, stable water isotope (?18O, ?D) and electrolytic conductivity profiles supplemented by specifically selected samples analysed for tritium and radiocarbon. We found that recent ablation led to an almost complete loss of bomb derived tritium removing any ice accumulated, since at least, the early fifties leaving the actual ice surface even below the natural tritium level. The small particulate organic masses made radiocarbon dating inconclusive, though a crude estimate gave a maximum ice age in the order of several thousand years. The visual stratigraphy and all investigated parameters showed a clear dichotomy between the upper 4 m and the bottom 3 m of the core, which points to a substantial change in the ice formation process. Main features of the core comprise the changing appearance and composition of distinct cyro-calcite layers, a extremely low total ion content and a surprisingly high variability of the isotope signature. Co-isotope evaluation (?D versus ?18O) of the core in comparison with data from precipitation and karst spring water clearly indicate that ice formation is governed by (slow) freezing of dripping water.

  7. 1500-year record of tropical precipitation in ice cores from the Quelccaya ice cap, Peru

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. G. Thompson; E. Mosley-Thompson; J. F. Bolzan; B. R. Koci

    1985-01-01

    Two ice cores, covering 1500 years of climatic information, from the summit (5670 meters) of the tropical Quelccaya ice cap, in the Andes of southern Peru, provide information on general environmental conditions including droughts, volcanic activity, moisture sources, temperature, and glacier net balance. The net balance record reconstructed from these cores reflects major precipitation trends for the southern Andes of

  8. The microstructure of polar ice. Part I: Highlights from ice core research

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    Faria, Sérgio H.; Weikusat, Ilka; Azuma, Nobuhiko

    2014-04-01

    Polar ice sheets play a fundamental role in Earth's climate system, by interacting actively and passively with the environment. Active interactions include the creeping flow of ice and its effects on polar geomorphology, global sea level, ocean and atmospheric circulation, and so on. Passive interactions are mainly established by the formation of climate records within the ice, in form of air bubbles, dust particles, salt microinclusions and other derivatives of airborne impurities buried by recurrent snowfalls. For a half-century scientists have been drilling deep ice cores in Antarctica and Greenland for studying such records, which can go back to around a million years. Experience shows, however, that the ice-sheet flow generally disrupts the stratigraphy of the bottom part of deep ice cores, destroying the integrity of the oldest records. For all these reasons glaciologists have been studying the microstructure of polar ice cores for decades, in order to understand the genesis and fate of ice-core climate records, as well as to learn more about the physical properties of polar ice, aiming at better climate-record interpretations and ever more precise models of ice-sheet dynamics. In this Part I we review the main difficulties and advances in deep ice core drilling in Antarctica and Greenland, together with the major contributions of deep ice coring to the research on natural ice microstructures. In particular, we discuss in detail the microstructural findings from Camp Century, Byrd, Dye 3, GRIP, GISP2, NorthGRIP, Vostok, Dome C, EDML, and Dome Fuji, besides commenting also on the earlier results of some pioneering ventures, like the Jungfraujoch Expedition and the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition, among others. In the companion Part II of this work (Faria et al., 2014), the review proceeds with a survey of the state-of-the-art understanding of natural ice microstructures and some exciting prospects in this field of research.

  9. WD2014: A new reference chronology for ice cores from Antarctica?

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    Sigl, Michael; McConnell, Joseph R.; Winstrup, Mai; Fudge, Taylor J.; Cole-Dai, Jihong; Ferris, David; Taylor, Kendrick; Buizert, Christo; Rhodes, Rachael; McGwire, Ken; Welten, Kees C.; Woodruff, Thomas E.; Dunbar, Nelia; Iverson, Nels; Maselli, Olivia J.; Pasteris, Daniel R.; Muscheler, Raimund

    2015-04-01

    Here we present a chronology (WD2014) for the upper part (0-2850 m, 31.2 ka BP) of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS)-Divide ice core which is based on layer counting of distinctive annual cycles preserved in the elemental, chemical and electrical conductivity records. These cycles are caused by the seasonally varying impurity concentrations in snowfall reflecting source strength of emissions, transport and deposition efficiency. A new ice core chronology has been developed using manual interpretation as well as by using a layer detection algorithm based on Hidden Markov Models taking advantage of the large suite of sub-annually resolved and co-registered aerosol records from high-resolution continuous measurements. The age model is validated against the absolute dated radiocarbon calibration curve IntCal13 using ice-core Be-10 measurements for proxy synchronization. These records reveal an unprecedented accuracy of the new ice core chronology since the Last Glacial Maximum. The new chronology can become a reference chronology for ice cores with synchronization to other ice cores achievable through the unique high-resolution sulfur record indicating hundreds of volcanic signals common to many other deep ice cores in Antarctica. A developing tephra framework for ice cores from West Antarctica will allow to better integrating Antarctic ice cores and the marine and terrestrial records from the southern hemisphere in the future, thus gaining a detailed chronologic picture of climatic changes and environmental consequences for the region over the past 31,000 years. This southern hemisphere perspective is a fundamental step in developing a detailed global understanding of the effects of past climate changes, and its implications for the future. Due to a small ice-age gas-age difference (delta-age) at WAIS Divide - because of high annual snowfall rates at this site - and a new high-resolution WAIS CH4 record, this new ice core chronology provides also independent, precise ages for abrupt climate transitions in the northern hemisphere (e.g., GS1-GI1 warming; 14,580 ± 50 years) during the last deglaciation. Thus, WD2014 provides a new perspective on the variability of global sea-level, climate and ice-sheet histories.

  10. Ice Core Records of Recent Northwest Greenland Climate

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    Osterberg, E. C.; Wong, G. J.; Ferris, D.; Lutz, E.; Howley, J. A.; Kelly, M. A.; Axford, Y.; Hawley, R. L.

    2014-12-01

    Meteorological station data from NW Greenland indicate a 3oC temperature rise since 1990, with most of the warming occurring in fall and winter. According to remote sensing data, the NW Greenland ice sheet (GIS) and coastal ice caps are responding with ice mass loss and margin retreat, but the cryosphere's response to previous climate variability is poorly constrained in this region. We are developing multi-proxy records (lake sediment cores, ice cores, glacial geologic data, glaciological models) of Holocene climate change and cryospheric response in NW Greenland to improve projections of future ice loss and sea level rise in a warming climate. As part of our efforts to develop a millennial-length ice core paleoclimate record from the Thule region, we collected and analyzed snow pit samples and short firn cores (up to 21 m) from the coastal region of the GIS (2Barrel site; 76.9317o N, 63.1467o W, 1685 m el.) and the summit of North Ice Cap (76.938o N, 67.671o W, 1273 m el.) in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The 2Barrel ice core record has statistically significant relationships with regional spring and fall Baffin Bay sea ice extent, summertime temperature, and annual precipitation. Here we evaluate relationships between the 2014 North Ice Cap firn core glaciochemical record and climate variability from regional instrumental stations and reanalysis datasets. We compare the coastal North Ice Cap record to more inland records from 2Barrel, Camp Century and NEEM to evaluate spatial and elevational gradients in recent NW Greenland climate change.

  11. The Mount Logan (Yukon) Ice Cores: Preliminary Results

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. A. Fisher

    2004-01-01

    Three ice cores were taken at different elevations on or near My Logan in the years 2001 and 2002. The summit core (PRCol) comes from the summit plateau ( 5340 masl, length 187 m to bedrock, mean temperature -29 C ) and was done by the Geological Survey of Canada. The NIPR group cored 210m on the flanks of the

  12. Black carbon concentration in a Greenland Dye-3 ice core

    SciTech Connect

    Chylek, P.; Johnson, B.; Wu, Hong (Dalhousie Univ., Halifax (Canada))

    1992-10-01

    We have determined the black carbon concentration in Greenland Dye-3 ice core samples covering the time period from about 3380 to 100 years before present. The average concentration found is 1.53 microg of black carbon per 1 kg of ice. We have found significantly lower black carbon concentrations during the time period from 750 to 100 years before present connected possibly with the Little Ice Age and corresponding changes in atmospheric general circulation patterns and black carbon sources. 18 refs.

  13. Holocene volcanic history as recorded in the sulfate stratigraphy of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica Dome C (EDC96) ice core

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. Castellano; S. Becagli; M. Hansson; M. Hutterli; J. R. Petit; M. R. Rampino; M. Severi; J. P. Steffensen; R. Traversi; R. Udisti

    2005-01-01

    A detailed history of Holocene volcanism was reconstructed using the sulfate record of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica Dome C (EDC96) ice core. This first complete Holocene volcanic record from an Antarctic core provides a reliable database to compare with long records from Antarctic and Greenland ice cores. A threshold method based on statistical treatment of the

  14. North Atlantic Deep Water Formation: Information from Ice Cores

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    Oeschger, H.

    1984-01-01

    The main results of measurements of the CO2 concentration of air occluded in natural ice during periods of climatic change are presented, as well as other measured ice core parameters. Elements of an interpretation of the data in terms of mechanisms of changing environmental systems are briefly discussed.

  15. Ice core evidence for a 20th century decline of sea ice in the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nerilie J. Abram; Elizabeth R. Thomas; Joseph R. McConnell; Robert Mulvaney; Thomas J. Bracegirdle; Louise C. Sime; Alberto J. Aristarain

    2010-01-01

    This study uses ice core methanesulphonic acid (MSA) records from the Antarctic Peninsula, where temperatures have been warming faster than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, to reconstruct the 20th century history of sea ice change in the adjacent Bellingshausen Sea. Using satellite-derived sea ice and meteorological data, we show that ice core MSA records from this region are a

  16. Stable isotope records from Dronning Maud Land: Results from the EPICA ice core and the pre-site survey cores

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. Oerter; W. Graf; H. Meyer; F. Wilhelms

    2003-01-01

    The European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) focuses on the drilling of two deep ice cores, the first at Dome Concordia in the Indian\\/Pacific sector, and the second in Dronning Maud Land in the Atlantic sector of Antarctica. We focus on Dronning Maud Land and the isotope records from ice cores drilled there. The pre-site survey cores sampled

  17. Measurements of sea ice proxies from Antarctic coastal shallow cores

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    Maffezzoli, Niccolò; Vallelonga, Paul; Spolaor, Andrea; Barbante, Carlo; Frezzotti, Massimo

    2015-04-01

    Despite its close relationship with climate, the climatic impact of sea ice remains only partially understood: an indication of this is the Arctic sea ice which is declining at a faster rate than models predict. Thus, the need for reliable sea ice proxies is of crucial importance. Among the sea ice proxies that can be extracted from ice cores, interest has recently been shown in the halogens Iodine (I) and Bromine (Br) (Spolaor, A., et al., 2013a, 2013b). The production of sea ice is a source of Sodium and Bromine aerosols through frost flower crystal formation and sublimation of salty blowing snow, while Iodine is emitted by the algae living underneath sea ice. We present here the results of Na, Br and I measurements in Antarctic shallow cores, drilled during a traverse made in late 2013 - early 2014 from Talos Dome (72° 00'S, 159°12'E) to GV7 (70° 41'S, 158° 51'E) seeking for sea ice signature. The samples were kept frozen until the analyses, that were carried out by Sector Field Mass Spectroscopy Inductive Coupled Plasma (SFMS-ICP): special precautions and experimental steps were adopted for the detection of such elements. The coastal location of the cores allows a clear signal from the nearby sea ice masses. The multiple cores are located about 50 km from each other and can help us to infer the provenance of the sea ice that contributed to the proxy signature. Moreover, by simultaneously determining other chemical elements and compounds in the snow, it is possible to determine the relative timing of their deposition, thus helping us to understand their processes of emission and deposition.

  18. The first Greenland ice core record of methanesulfonate and sulfate over a full glacial cycle

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    Hansson, M.E.; Saltzman, E.S. (Univ. of Miami, FL (United States))

    1993-06-18

    The authors report on methanesulfonate and non-seasalt sulfate found in an artic ice core from Greenland. The ice core record stretches back in time roughly 130,000 years, through a full glacial cycle. This record reveals a decreasing concentration of MSA with the advance of the glacial period, and a drop in temperatures, while the non-seasalt sulfate increased in concentration. The MSA data is in contrast to similar measurements from the southern hemisphere. The ratio of MSA to non-seasalt sulfate is found to have a strong linear relationship to the temperature, higher ratios being associated with warmer climatic periods.

  19. Shifted Ice Cap Unexpectedly Reveals Life

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    Christopher Joyce

    Beginning on January 31, 2002, a huge section of the Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica broke off and floated away. Scientists used a robotic vehicle to look at what was under the shelf and have discovered huge mats of bacteria as well as clams surrounding a mud volcano vent. This vent is a cold seep, a rare phenomenon (and the first found in the Antarctic) where methane gas bubbles up from under the seabed. The methane gas reacts with seawater to produce sulfide, upon which the bacteria mats feed. The clams are thought to have bacteria in their gills, turning sulfide into food. This audio clip is 3 minutes and 15 seconds in length.

  20. The isotopic composition of methane in polar ice cores

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    Craig, H.; Chou, C. C.; Welhan, J. A.; Stevens, C. M.; Engelkemeir, A.

    1988-01-01

    Air bubbles in polar ice cores indicate that about 300 years ago the atmospheric mixing ratio of methane began to increase rapidly. Today the mixing ratio is about 1.7 parts per million by volume, and, having doubled once in the past several hundred years, it will double again in the next 60 years if current rates continue. Carbon isotope ratios in methane up to 350 years in age have been measured with as little as 25 kilograms of polar ice recovered in 4-meter-long ice-core segments. The data show that: (1) in situ microbiology or chemistry has not altered the ice-core methane concentrations, and (2) that the carbon-13 to carbon-12 ratio of atmospheric CH4 in ice from 100 years and 300 years ago was about 2 per mil lower than at present. Atmospheric methane has a rich spectrum of isotopic sources: the ice-core data indicate that anthropogenic burning of the earth's biomass is the principal cause of the recent C-13H4 enrichment, although other factors may also contribute.

  1. Be climate fingerprints during the Eemian in the NEEM ice core, Greenland

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    Usoskin, Ilya G.

    10 Be climate fingerprints during the Eemian in the NEEM ice core, Greenland Anna Sturevik-Storm1 to stratigraphic disturbances in the ice. The new Greenland deep ice core from the NEEM site (77.456N, 51.066W rilling in North Greenland, through the North Greenland Eemian Ice Coring project (NEEM, 2007

  2. Seismic anisotropy in ice: numerical modelling, ice core measurements and in-situ observations

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    Kendall, J. M.; Baird, A. F.; Walker, A.; Wookey, J. M.; Lloyd, G. E.; Stuart, G. W.; Harland, S.; Obbard, R. W.; Smith, A.; Brisbourne, A.

    2013-12-01

    The stress distribution and style of flow in ice produces elastic and rheological anisotropy, which informs ice flow modelling as to how ice masses respond to external changes such as global warming. Here observations of shear wave splitting from three-component icequake seismograms are used to characterise ice anisotropy in the Rutford ice stream, West Antarctica. Over 110 high quality measurements are made on 41 events recorded at five stations temporarily deployed near the ice stream grounding line. The magnitude of the splitting ranges from 2ms to 80ms and suggest a maximum of 6% shear wave splitting. The fast shear wave polarisation direction is roughly perpendicular to the ice flow direction. Motivated by these observations, we consider mechanisms for seismic anisotropy in ice using numerical modelling of the development of crystal preferred orientation of ice and measurement of crystal alignment in an ice core using electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD). These results suggest transitions in the style of anisotropy both with depth and laterally within an ice stream. Seismic anisotropy is developed with increasing hydrostatic pressure producing a VTI fabric with a vertical alignment of c-axes (so-called cluster fabric). However, convergence in the ice flow and along-flow extension leads to girdles of c-axes (and an HTI fabric). Based on the Rutford shear-wave splitting observations we can rule out a cluster fabric as the sole cause of anisotropy - an HTI component is needed, which may be due extension in the direction of flow forming a girdle fabric or the alignment of cracks or ice-films in the plane perpendicular to the flow direction. Cumulatively, our observations suggest a combination of anisotropy mechanisms are at play in deforming ice sheets. We discuss seismic measurements that can be made to better discriminate between plausible mechanisms for our shear-wave splitting observations and how these different mechanisms may in turn alter ice flow and glacial response to external changes.

  3. A first chronology for the NEEM ice core

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    Rasmussen, S. O.; Abbott, P.; Blunier, T.; Bourne, A.; Brook, E.; Buchardt, S. L.; Buizert, C.; Chappellaz, J.; Clausen, H. B.; Cook, E.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Davies, S.; Guillevic, M.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Laepple, T.; Seierstad, I. K.; Severinghaus, J. P.; Steffensen, J. P.; Stowasser, C.; Svensson, A.; Vallelonga, P.; Vinther, B. M.; Wilhelms, F.; Winstrup, M.

    2013-05-01

    A stratigraphy-based chronology for the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) ice core has been derived by transferring the annual layer counted Greenland Ice Core Chronology 2005 (GICC05) from the NGRIP core to the NEEM core using 787 match points of mainly volcanic origin identified in the Electrical Conductivity Measurement (ECM) and Dielectrical Profiling (DEP) records. Tephra horizons found in both the NEEM and NGRIP ice cores are used to test the matching based on ECM and DEP and provide additional horizons used for the time scale transfer. A thinning function reflecting the accumulated strain along the core has been determined using a Dansgaard-Johnsen flow model and an isotope-dependent accumulation rate parameterization. Flow parameters are determined from Monte Carlo analysis constrained by the observed depth-age horizons. In order to construct a chronology for the gas phase, the ice age-gas age difference (?age) has been reconstructed using a coupled firn densification-heat diffusion model. Temperature and accumulation inputs to the ?age model, initially derived from the water isotope proxies, have been adjusted to optimize the fit to timing constraints from ?15N of nitrogen and high-resolution methane data during the abrupt onsets of interstadials. The ice and gas chronologies and the corresponding thinning function represent the first chronology for the NEEM core, and based on both the flow and firn modelling results, the accumulation history for the NEEM site has been reconstructed, providing the necessary basis for further analysis of the records from NEEM.

  4. Evidence of Little Ice Age in an East Antarctica Ice Core

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    Cole-Dai, J.; Li, Y.; Zhou, L.

    2003-12-01

    An 80 meter ice core was retrieved from an East Antarctica location (76° S, 77° E) by the Chinese Antarctica Research Expedition in 1999. Chemical analysis of the ice core has yielded a record of ionic impurities in snow for the past 800 years (1200-1999 A.D.). The ice core is dated using a combination of annual layer counting and volcanic time stratigraphic horizons, resulting in an accurate chronology with high resolution. The ice core record demonstrates that, during the period of approximately 1300-1850 A.D., the concentrations of several chemical species, including nitrate and methanesulfonate, are sharply lower than the levels both prior to and after this period. This period coincides with the most recent neoglacial climatic episode, the "Little Ice Age (LIA)," that has been found in numerous Northern Hemisphere proxy and historic records. Additional evidence includes the sharply reduced net snow accumulation rates during this period. The significance of this new finding will be discussed in the context of LIA evidence in Antarctica ice cores, its probable regional and spatial variations, and chronological relationships to LIA signals in South America and in the Northern Hemisphere.

  5. Self-consistent ice-sheet properties: ice dynamics, temperature, accumulation, delta-age and chronologies for ice cores and radar isochrones

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    Lundin, J.; Waddington, E. D.; Conway, H.

    2011-12-01

    Ice sheet behavior has not previously been modeled to force self-consistency, to determine histories of accumulation, temperature, and ice dynamics that incorporate the ice-age/gas-age offset (delta-age) and sparse depth-age measurements from ice cores. An iterative scheme is used to combine several modular components into one self-consistent model. The goal is to determine a suite of histories constrained by the depth-age data from ice cores and ice radar that are part of a physically self-consistent ice sheet. The model is tested using a synthetic data set resembling WAIS divide. Using synthetic data provides proof of concept that histories of accumulation, temperature and ice dynamics can be recovered by the self-consistent model, and that the depth-age from ice cores and ice radar can be matched. Results from synthetic data show we can recover the ice-sheet properties used to generate the data and we can improve the depth-age chronologies by interpolating with an ice-flow model where data are sparse. When this self-consistent model can be applied to field data, results will (1) improve chronologies for ice cores and radar layers, (2) determine histories of accumulation for GCM modelling, and (3) improve estimates of past ice sheet configurations, incorporating data from ice cores and ice radar.

  6. A first chronology for the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) ice core

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    Rasmussen, S. O.; Abbott, P. M.; Blunier, T.; Bourne, A. J.; Brook, E.; Buchardt, S. L.; Buizert, C.; Chappellaz, J.; Clausen, H. B.; Cook, E.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Davies, S. M.; Guillevic, M.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Laepple, T.; Seierstad, I. K.; Severinghaus, J. P.; Steffensen, J. P.; Stowasser, C.; Svensson, A.; Vallelonga, P.; Vinther, B. M.; Wilhelms, F.; Winstrup, M.

    2013-12-01

    A stratigraphy-based chronology for the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) ice core has been derived by transferring the annual layer counted Greenland Ice Core Chronology 2005 (GICC05) and its model extension (GICC05modelext) from the NGRIP core to the NEEM core using 787 match points of mainly volcanic origin identified in the electrical conductivity measurement (ECM) and dielectrical profiling (DEP) records. Tephra horizons found in both the NEEM and NGRIP ice cores are used to test the matching based on ECM and DEP and provide five additional horizons used for the timescale transfer. A thinning function reflecting the accumulated strain along the core has been determined using a Dansgaard-Johnsen flow model and an isotope-dependent accumulation rate parameterization. Flow parameters are determined from Monte Carlo analysis constrained by the observed depth-age horizons. In order to construct a chronology for the gas phase, the ice age-gas age difference (?age) has been reconstructed using a coupled firn densification-heat diffusion model. Temperature and accumulation inputs to the ?age model, initially derived from the water isotope proxies, have been adjusted to optimize the fit to timing constraints from ?15N of nitrogen and high-resolution methane data during the abrupt onset of Greenland interstadials. The ice and gas chronologies and the corresponding thinning function represent the first chronology for the NEEM core, named GICC05modelext-NEEM-1. Based on both the flow and firn modelling results, the accumulation history for the NEEM site has been reconstructed. Together, the timescale and accumulation reconstruction provide the necessary basis for further analysis of the records from NEEM.

  7. An automated approach for annual layer counting in ice cores

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    Winstrup, M.; Svensson, A.; Rasmussen, S. O.; Winther, O.; Steig, E.; Axelrod, A.

    2012-04-01

    The temporal resolution of some ice cores is sufficient to preserve seasonal information in the ice core record. In such cases, annual layer counting represents one of the most accurate methods to produce a chronology for the core. Yet, manual layer counting is a tedious and sometimes ambiguous job. As reliable layer recognition becomes more difficult, a manual approach increasingly relies on human interpretation of the available data. Thus, much may be gained by an automated and therefore objective approach for annual layer identification in ice cores. We have developed a novel method for automated annual layer counting in ice cores, which relies on Bayesian statistics. It uses algorithms from the statistical framework of Hidden Markov Models (HMM), originally developed for use in machine speech recognition. The strength of this layer detection algorithm lies in the way it is able to imitate the manual procedures for annual layer counting, while being based on purely objective criteria for annual layer identification. With this methodology, it is possible to determine the most likely position of multiple layer boundaries in an entire section of ice core data at once. It provides a probabilistic uncertainty estimate of the resulting layer count, hence ensuring a proper treatment of ambiguous layer boundaries in the data. Furthermore multiple data series can be incorporated to be used at once, hence allowing for a full multi-parameter annual layer counting method similar to a manual approach. In this study, the automated layer counting algorithm has been applied to data from the NGRIP ice core, Greenland. The NGRIP ice core has very high temporal resolution with depth, and hence the potential to be dated by annual layer counting far back in time. In previous studies [Andersen et al., 2006; Svensson et al., 2008], manual layer counting has been carried out back to 60 kyr BP. A comparison between the counted annual layers based on the two approaches will be presented and their differences discussed. Within the estimated uncertainties, the two methodologies agree. This shows the potential for a fully automated annual layer counting method to be operational for data sections where the annual layering is unknown.

  8. Marine sediments in Disko Trough reveal meltwater-influenced sedimentation during ice-stream retreat

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    Hogan, Kelly A.; Cofaigh, Colm Ó.; Jennings, Anne E.; Dowdeswell, Julian A.

    2015-04-01

    Marine geophysical data from middle and outer Disko Trough, West Greenland reveal thick (more than ten metres) acoustically-laminated, fine-grained sediments between subglacial tills at their base and post-glacial marine sediments at the seafloor. These sediments are interpreted as a transitional facies deposited as ice retreated from the trough during deglaciation. New sediment-core records indicate that these units were likely deposited by meltwater plumes emanating from a nearby grounded-ice margin, probably during stillstands in ice retreat. The retreat of ice in the trough may have been stabilised at a narrowing in DiskoTrough on the mid-shelf, as well as at the basalt escarpment south of Disko Island. Such thicknesses of deglacial or "transitional" glacimarine sediments are relatively unusual on high-latitude continental shelves and indicate a significant meltwater production in central West Greenland during deglaciation. This is consistent with the seafloor landforms in the inner and middle parts of the trough that include channels and moats around bedrock protrusions that look to have been eroded by water. IRD counts from the cores indicate that iceberg rafting also occurred during this transitional phase but that this signal was diluted by the fine-grained transitional sediments. Once ice had withdrawn from the area and sedimentation was hemipelagic in nature the IRD signal was less diluted.

  9. A TEM analysis of nanoparticulates in a Polar ice core

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    Esquivel, E.V.; Murr, L.E

    2004-03-15

    This paper explores the prospect for analyzing nanoparticulates in age-dated ice cores representing times in antiquity to establish a historical reference for atmospheric particulate regimes. Analytical transmission electron microscope (TEM) techniques were utilized to observe representative ice-melt water drops dried down on carbon/formvar or similar coated grids. A 10,000-year-old Greenland ice core was melted, and representative water drops were transferred to coated grids in a clean room environment. Essentially, all particulates observed were aggregates and either crystalline or complex mixtures of nanocrystals. Especially notable was the observation of carbon nanotubes and related fullerene-like nanocrystal forms. These observations are similar with some aspects of contemporary airborne particulates including carbon nanotubes and complex nanocrystal aggregates.

  10. Sulfate and Nitrate Concentrations from a South Greenland Ice Core

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    P. A. Mayewski; W. B. Lyons; M. J. Spencer; M. Twickler; W. Dansgaard; B. Koci; C. I. Davidson; R. E. Honrath

    1986-01-01

    An ice core in south Greenland covering the period 1869 to 1984 was analyzed for oxygen isotopes and chloride, nitrate, and sulfate concentrations. The data show that the ``excess'' (nonsea-salt) sulfate concentration has tripled since approximately 1900 to 1910 and the nitrate concentration has doubled since approximately 1955. The increases may be attributable to the deposition of these chemical species

  11. Vanadium and other elements in Greenland ice cores

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    M. M. Herron; C. C. Langway Jr; H. V. Weiss; P. Hurley; R. Kerr; J. H. Cragin

    Chemical analysis for Na, Cl, AI, Mn and V of surface snows and deeper ice core samples from station Milcent, Greenland, indicates a terrestrial or marine origin for these constituents. Pre-1900 enrichment factors, based on average crustal composition, are high for Zn and Hg and appear to be related to the volatility of these elements. A comparison of pre-1900 and

  12. Ice Cube Observed PeV Neutrinos from AGN Cores

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    Floyd W. Stecker

    2013-08-05

    I show that the high energy neutrino flux predicted to arise from AGN cores can explain the PeV neutrinos detected by Ice Cube without conflicting with the constraints from the observed extragalactic cosmic ray and gamma-ray backgrounds.

  13. Pre-industrial ethane levels inferred from polar ice cores

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    Verhulst, K. R.; Aydin, M.; Nicewonger, M. R.; Saltzman, E. S.

    2014-12-01

    Ethane is an abundant hydrocarbon in the atmosphere and it is a precursor to tropospheric ozone formation. Ethane also impacts the atmosphere's oxidative capacity through its reaction with OH, the primary loss pathway. Today, the primary sources of atmospheric ethane are from anthropogenic fossil fuel use, mainly from evaporative emissions associated with the production, processing and transmission of fossil fuels. Ethane also has significant emissions from biomass burning and biofuel use, and minor emissions from oceanic, biogenic, and possibly geologic sources. The mean annual atmospheric lifetime of ethane is about 2 months. Reconstructions from polar firn air and surface flask data show a significant rise in the global levels of atmospheric ethane during the twentieth century, followed by a peak and a decline from 1980-2010. However, to date, no ice core measurements of paleo-atmospheric ethane have been reported. A pre-industrial ethane record would provide information about the magnitude and natural variability of ethane from biomass-burning and geologic emissions and would contribute to our understanding of the variability in atmospheric methane over long timescales. In this study, we discuss analytical methods for the extraction of ethane from polar ice cores. Ethane measurements were made in shallow, dry-drilled ice cores from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide and the South Pole, and in Greenland ice cores from the Greenland Ice Sheet Project. Samples were analyzed by both dry and wet extraction procedures, with analysis by high-resolution mass spectrometry with isotope dilution. The results from both methods will be compared. Preliminary estimates of pre-industrial ethane levels will be discussed, as well as the feasibility of reconstructing long-term records of atmospheric ethane.

  14. Continuous analysis of phosphate in a Greenland shallow ice core

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    Kjær, Helle Astrid; Svensson, Anders; Bigler, Matthias; Vallelonga, Paul; Kettner, Ernesto; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe

    2010-05-01

    Phosphate is an important and sometimes limiting nutrient for primary production in the oceans. Because of deforestation and the use of phosphate as a fertilizer changes in the phosphate cycle have occurred over the last centuries. On longer time scales, sea level changes are thought to have also caused changes in the phosphate cycle. Analyzing phosphate concentrations in ice cores may help to gain important knowledge about those processes. In the present study, we attach a phosphate detection line to an existing continuous flow analysis (CFA) setup for ice core analysis at the University of Copenhagen. The CFA system is optimized for high-resolution measurements of insoluble dust particles, electrolytic melt water conductivity, and the concentrations of ammonium and sodium. For the phosphate analysis we apply a continuous and highly sensitive absorption method that has been successfully applied to determine phosphate concentrations of sea water (Zhang and Chi, 2002). A line of melt water from the CFA melt head (1.01 ml per minute) is combined with a molybdate blue reagent and an ascorbic acid buffer. An uncompleted reaction takes place in five meters of heated mixing coils before the absorption measurement at a wavelength of 710 nanometer takes place in a 2 m long liquid waveguide cell (LWCC) with an inner volume of 0.5 ml. The method has a detection limit of around 0.1 ppb and we are currently investigating a possible interference from molybdate reacting with silicates that are present in low amounts in the ice. Preliminary analysis of early Holocene samples from the NGRIP ice core show phosphate concentration values of a few ppb. In this study, we will attempt to determine past levels of phosphate in a shallow Northern Greenland firn core with an annual layer thickness of about 20 cm ice equivalent. With a melt speed of 2.5 cm ice per minute our method should allow the resolution of any seasonal variability in phosphate concentrations.

  15. Noble Gases in Ice Cores: Indicators of the Earth's Climate History

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    Winckler, Gisela

    Noble Gases in Ice Cores: Indicators of the Earth's Climate History Gisela Winckler and Jeffrey P of changes in earth's environment over the past 800,000 years. Because ice cores represent continuous. Severinghaus Abstract Polar ice cores constitute excellent archives of past environmental conditions

  16. THE SEARCH FOR SUPERNOVA GRAINS IN AN ICE CORE A. L. Cole1

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    sediments, deep sea sediments, and ice cores are geological archives capable of preserving some in core samples from Greenland (ice), the Mediterranean Sea (sediment), and the Pacific Ocean (sedi- mentTHE SEARCH FOR SUPERNOVA GRAINS IN AN ICE CORE A. L. Cole1 National Superconducting Cyclotron

  17. Beryllium-10 in the Taylor Dome ice core: Applications to Antarctic glaciology and paleoclimatology

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    Steig, E.J.

    1996-12-31

    An ice core was drilled at Taylor dome, East Antarctica, reaching to bedrock at 554 meters. Oxygen-isotope measurements reveal climatic fluctuations through the last interglacial period. To facilitate comparison of the Taylor Dome paleoclimate record with geologic data and results from other deep ice cores, several glaciological issues need to be addressed. In particular, accumulation data are necessary as input for numerical ice-flow-models, for determining the flux of chemical constituents from measured concentrations, and for calculation of the offset in age between ice and trapped air in the core. The analysis of cosmogenic beryllium-10 provides a geochemical method for constraining the accumulation-rate history at Taylor Dome. High-resolution measurements were made in shallow firn cores and snow pits to determine the relationship among beryllium-10 concentrations, wet and dry deposition mechanisms, and snow-accumulation rates. Comparison between theoretical and measured variations in deposition over the last 75 years constrains the relationship between beryllium-10 deposition and global average production rates. The results indicate that variations in geomagnetically-modulated production-rate do not strongly influence beryllium-10 deposition at Taylor Dome. Although solar modulation of production rate is important for time scales of years to centuries, snow-accumulation rate is the dominant control on ice-core beryllium-10 concentrations for longer periods. Results show that the Taylor Dome core can be used to provide new constraints on regional climate over the last 130,000 years, complementing the terrestrial and marine geological record from the Dry Valley, Transantarctic Mountains and western Ross Sea.

  18. The delta18O record along the Greenland Ice Core Project deep ice core and the problem of possible Eemian climatic instability

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    Sigfús J. Johnsen; Henrik B. Clausen; Willi Dansgaard; Niels S. Gundestrup; Claus U. Hammer; Uffe Andersen; Katrine K. Andersen; Christine S. Hvidberg; Dorthe Dahl-Jensen; Jørgen P. Steffensen; Hitoshi Shoji; Árny E. Sveinbjörnsdóttir; Jim White; Jean Jouzel; David Fisher

    1997-01-01

    Over 70,000 samples from the 3029-m-long Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) ice core drilled on the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet (Summit) have been analyzed for delta18O. A highly detailed and continuous delta18O profile has thus been obtained and is discussed in terms of past temperatures in Greenland. We also discuss a three-core stacked annual delta18O profile for the

  19. Ice core record of rising lead pollution in the North Pacific atmosphere

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    E. Osterberg; P. Mayewski; K. Kreutz; D. Fisher; M. Handley; S. Sneed; C. Zdanowicz; J. Zheng; M. Demuth; M. Waskiewicz; J. Bourgeois

    2008-01-01

    A high-resolution, 8000 year-long ice core record from the Mt. Logan summit plateau (5300 m asl) reveals the initiation of trans-Pacific lead (Pb) pollution by ca. 1730, and a >10-fold increase in Pb concentration (1981–1998 mean = 68.9 ng\\/l) above natural background (5.6 ng\\/l) attributed to rising anthropogenic Pb emissions from Asia. The largest rise in North Pacific Pb pollution

  20. Svalbard summer melting, continentality, and sea ice extent from the Lomonosovfonna ice core

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    Aslak Grinsted; John C. Moore; Veijo Pohjola; Tõnu Martma; Elisabeth Isaksson

    2006-01-01

    We develop a continentality proxy (1600-1930) based on amplitudes of the annual signal in oxygen isotopes in an ice core. We show via modeling that by using 5 and 15 year average amplitudes the effects of diffusion and varying layer thickness can be minimized, such that amplitudes then reflect real seasonal changes in delta18O under the influence of melt. A

  1. Svalbard summer melting, continentality, and sea ice extent from the Lomonosovfonna ice core

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    Aslak Grinsted; John C. Moore; Veijo Pohjola; Tõnu Martma; Elisabeth Isaksson

    2006-01-01

    We develop a continentality proxy (1600–1930) based on amplitudes of the annual signal in oxygen isotopes in an ice core. We show via modeling that by using 5 and 15 year average amplitudes the effects of diffusion and varying layer thickness can be minimized, such that amplitudes then reflect real seasonal changes in ?18O under the influence of melt. A

  2. Numerical Age Computation of the Antarctic Ice Sheet for Dating Deep Ice Cores

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    Calov, Reinhard

    -dependent simulation driven by a 242200 year surface temperature history derived from stable isotope data of the Vostok regions: (i) western Dronning Maud Land (DML), where reconnaissance for a deep ice core within. The attention is hereby focussed on two regions, namely (i) western Dronning Maud Land (DML), where ongoing

  3. IceChrono v1: a probabilistic model to compute a common and optimal chronology for several ice cores

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    Parrenin, Frédéric

    2015-04-01

    Polar ice cores provide exceptional archives of past environmental conditions. The dating of ice cores is essential to interpret the paleo records that they contain, but it is a complicated problem since it involves different dating methods. Here I present IceChrono v1, a new probabilistic model to combine different kinds of chronological information to obtain a common and optimized chronology for several ice cores, as well as its uncertainty. It is based on the inversion of three quantities: the surface accumulation rate, the Lock-In Depth (LID) of air bubbles and the vertical thinning function. The chronological information used are: models of the sedimentation process (accumulation of snow, densification of snow into ice and air trapping, ice flow), ice and gas dated horizons, ice and gas dated depth intervals, ?depth observations (depth shift between synchronous events recorded in the ice and in the air), stratigraphic links in between ice cores (ice-ice, air-air or mix ice-air and air-ice links). The optimization problem is formulated as a least squares problems, that is, all densities of probabilities are assumed gaussian. It is numerically solved using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm and a numerical evaluation of the model's Jacobian. IceChrono is similar in scope to the Datice model, but has differences from the mathematical, numerical and programming point of views. I apply IceChrono on an AICC2012-like experiment and I find similar results than Datice within a few centuries, which is a confirmation of both IceChrono and Datice codes. IceChrono v1 is freely available under the GPL v3 open source license.

  4. Critical Fracture Toughness Measurements of an Antarctic Ice Core

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    Christmann, Julia; Müller, Ralf; Webber, Kyle; Isaia, Daniel; Schader, Florian; Kippstuhl, Sepp; Freitag, Johannes; Humbert, Angelika

    2014-05-01

    Fracture toughness is a material parameter describing the resistance of a pre-existing defect in a body to further crack extension. The fracture toughness of glacial ice as a function of density is important for modeling efforts aspire to predict calving behavior. In the presented experiments this fracture toughness is measured using an ice core from Kohnen Station, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. The samples were sawed in an ice lab at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven at -20°C and had the dimensions of standard test samples with thickness 14 mm, width 28 mm and length 126 mm. The samples originate from a depth of 94.6 m to 96 m. The grain size of the samples was also identified. The grain size was found to be rather uniform. The critical fracture toughness is determined in a four-point bending approach using single edge V-notch beam samples. The initial notch length was around 2.5 mm and was prepared using a drilling machine. The experimental setup was designed at the Institute of Materials Science at Darmstadt. In this setup the force increases linearly, until the maximum force is reached, where the specific sample fractures. This procedure was done in an ice lab with a temperature of -15°C. The equations to calculate the fracture toughness for pure bending are derived from an elastic stress analysis and are given as a standard test method to detect the fracture toughness. An X-ray computer tomography (CT scanner) was used to determine the ice core densities. The tests cover densities from 843 kg m-3 to 871 kg m-3. Thereby the influence of the fracture toughness on the density was analyzed and compared to previous investigations of this material parameter. Finally the dependence of the measured toughness on thickness, width, and position in the core cross-section was investigated.

  5. High-resolution mineral dust and sea ice proxy records from the Talos Dome ice core

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    Schüpbach, S.; Federer, U.; Kaufmann, P. R.; Albani, S.; Barbante, C.; Stocker, T. F.; Fischer, H.

    2013-12-01

    In this study we report on new non-sea salt calcium (nssCa2+, mineral dust proxy) and sea salt sodium (ssNa+, sea ice proxy) records along the East Antarctic Talos Dome deep ice core in centennial resolution reaching back 150 thousand years (ka) before present. During glacial conditions nssCa2+ fluxes in Talos Dome are strongly related to temperature as has been observed before in other deep Antarctic ice core records, and has been associated with synchronous changes in the main source region (southern South America) during climate variations in the last glacial. However, during warmer climate conditions Talos Dome mineral dust input is clearly elevated compared to other records mainly due to the contribution of additional local dust sources in the Ross Sea area. Based on a simple transport model, we compare nssCa2+ fluxes of different East Antarctic ice cores. From this multi-site comparison we conclude that changes in transport efficiency or atmospheric lifetime of dust particles do have a minor effect compared to source strength changes on the large-scale concentration changes observed in Antarctic ice cores during climate variations of the past 150 ka. Our transport model applied on ice core data is further validated by climate model data. The availability of multiple East Antarctic nssCa2+ records also allows for a revision of a former estimate on the atmospheric CO2 sensitivity to reduced dust induced iron fertilisation in the Southern Ocean during the transition from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene (T1). While a former estimate based on the EPICA Dome C (EDC) record only suggested 20 ppm, we find that reduced dust induced iron fertilisation in the Southern Ocean may be responsible for up to 40 ppm of the total atmospheric CO2 increase during T1. During the last interglacial, ssNa+ levels of EDC and EPICA Dronning Maud Land (EDML) are only half of the Holocene levels, in line with higher temperatures during that period, indicating much reduced sea ice extent in the Atlantic as well as the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean. In contrast, Holocene ssNa+ flux in Talos Dome is about the same as during the last interglacial, indicating that there was similar ice cover present in the Ross Sea area during MIS 5.5 as during the Holocene.

  6. Sulfate and nitrate concentrations from a south Greenland ice core

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    Mayewski, P.A.; Lyons, W.B.; Spencer, M.J.; Twickler, M.; Dansgaard, W.; Koci, B.; Davidson, C.I.; Honrath, R.E.

    1986-05-23

    An ice core in south Greenland covering the period 1869 to 1984 was analyzed for oxygen isotopes and chloride, nitrate, and sulfate concentrations. The data show that the excess (nonsea-salt) sulfate concentration has tripled since approximately 1900 to 1910 and the nitrate concentration has doubled since approximately 1955. The increases may be attributable to the deposition of these chemical species from air masses carrying North American and Eurasian anthropogenic emissions. 22 references, 2 figures.

  7. The Greenland Summit Ice Cores CD-ROM

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    National Geophysical Data Center. Paleoclimatology Program.

    1997-01-01

    The Greenland Ice Core Project collected data to investigate the paleoclimate record for the Northern Hemisphere. This data was collected and made available on a CD-ROM, which is now available for downloading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geophysical Data Center site. The contents of the CD-ROM include an overview of the project and the data. The website also features two search engines: citation & data, and information.

  8. Oxygen Isotopic composition of nitrate trapped in Vostok ice core

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    J. Savarino; G. Michalski; M. H. Thiemens

    2001-01-01

    It is well known that NOx plays a key role in the mediation of the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere. Our ability to model and understand pre-industrial atmospheric chemistry is mainly limited by our lack of knowledge of past NOx emissions. For years, the hope was that HNO3 trapped in ice cores would probe NOx emissions the during glacial\\/interglacial climate

  9. An ice core record of net snow accumulation and seasonal snow chemistry at Mt. Waddington, southwest British Columbia, Canada

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    Neff, P. D.; Steig, E. J.; Clark, D. H.; McConnell, J. R.; Pettit, E. C.; Menounos, B.

    2011-12-01

    We recovered a 141 m ice core from Combatant Col (51.39°N, 125.22°W, 3000 m asl) on the flank of Mt. Waddington, southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia, Canada. Aerosols and other impurities in the ice show unambiguous seasonal variations, allowing for annual dating of the core. Clustered melt layers, originating from summer surface heating, also aid in the dating of the core. Seasonality in water stable isotopes is preserved throughout the record, showing little evidence of diffusion at depth, and serves as an independent verification of the timescale. The annual signal of deuterium excess is especially well preserved. The record of lead deposition in the core agrees with those of ice cores from Mt. Logan and from Greenland, with a sharp drop-off in concentration in the 1970s and early 1980s, further validating the timescales. Despite significant summertime melt at this mid-latitude site, these data collectively reveal a continuous and annually resolved 36-year record of snow accumulation. We derived an accumulation time series from the Mt. Waddington ice core, after correcting for ice flow. Years of anomalously high or low snow accumulation in the core correspond with extremes in precipitation data and geopotential height anomalies from reanalysis data that make physical sense. Specifically, anomalously high accumulation years at Mt. Waddington correlate with years where "Pineapple Express" atmospheric river events bring large amounts of moisture from the tropical Pacific to western North America. The Mt. Waddington accumulation record thus reflects regional-scale climate. These results demonstrate the potential of ice core records from temperate glaciers to provide meaningful paleoclimate information. A longer core to bedrock (250-300 m) at the Mt. Waddington site could yield ice with an age of several hundred to 1000 years.

  10. Magnetic properties of aerosol dust in peripheral and inner Antarctic ice cores as a proxy for dust provenance

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    Lanci, L.; Delmonte, B.

    2013-11-01

    We use laboratory-induced remanent magnetization of polar ice to measure the rock-magnetic properties of the aerosol dust directly in ice samples. Former studies on Vostok and EPICA-Dome C ice core, recovered on the inner East Antarctic ice sheet, revealed that glacial and interglacial periods of the latter are characterized by distinct magnetic mineralogies at Dome C, which might reflect different dust source areas. In this work we present the first results on glacial and Holocene samples from the TALDICE ice core, collected at the peripheral site of Talos Dome located at high-elevation on the ice sheet close to some ice-free areas of the Transantarctic mountains. Magnetic properties of interglacial samples from both Dome-C and Talos Dome ice cores turned out to have peculiar characteristics that suggest an enhanced concentration of Fe-rich minerals in the aerosol dust, compared to Vostok. The most likely explanation for the extremely high dust magnetization measured in interglacial samples is the presence of volcanic material, although occasional occurrence of meteoritic material (micrometeorites) cannot be ruled out. The volcanic nature of the Holocene aerosol dust and its variability between sites provides further constrains on dust geographic provenance that are complementary to geochemical and physical evidences. Moreover, the calculations of the flux of the highly magnetic dust provide information on wind transport toward the continent interior during the Holocene.

  11. Shallow seafloor glacial features reveal ice streaming and re-advance of the last British Ice Sheet, offshore eastern Scotland and north-eastern England, UK

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    Stewart, H. A.; Bradwell, T.

    2013-12-01

    Multibeam echosounder datasets have been combined with high-resolution topographic digital surface models (NEXTMap), 2D seismic reflection profiles and shallow cores to reveal strong evidence for onshore-offshore palaeo-ice streaming in eastern Scotland and north-eastern England, UK. The study area includes the catchments of the previously proposed, but only partly mapped, Strathmore, Forth-Tay, and Tweed palaeo-ice streams. Long suspected to terminate offshore, the full flow path and dimensions of this palaeo-ice stream system can now be reconstructed with some certainty using these new data. The ice sheet glacial landsystem is extremely well preserved on the seabed with four main types of subglacial and ice marginal morphology present: 1) highly elongate flow-parallel ridges and grooves strongly suggestive of ice streaming; 2) shorter-elongation flow aligned drumlins and crag and tails indicative of fast-flowing and persistent ice-sheet flow configurations; 3) large arcuate moraine ridges marking frontal stillstands or readvances of the ice sheet margin; and 4) tunnel valleys and deeply incised meltwater channels probably associated with retreat phases of the British Ice Sheet (BIS) following Last Glacial Maximum. The mapped bedforms indicate that fast-flowing corridors (palaeo-ice streams) existed within the last BIS emanating from the central belt of Scotland and northeast England. This new geomorphological evidence shows that these ice streams extended at least 60km offshore and probably accelerated across the transition from bedrock-dominated onshore terrain to till- dominated North Sea Basin. Of particular note is the observation that the Forth-Tay ice stream diverged, forming two glaciologically separate streams running parallel to the present-day coastline. Evidence shows that the southerly arm of this palaeo-ice stream overprinted the Tweed palaeo-ice stream which is contrary to the previously proposed trajectory. Spatial and morphological relationships between the landforms within this glacial landsystem allow inferences about ice sheet history and behaviour to be reconstructed. Most notably, elongate streamlined bedforms superimposed on conspicuous moraine ridges indicate that an extensive advance of palaeo-ice streams took place into the North Sea Basin during overall ice sheet retreat.

  12. Chemical compositions of soluble aerosols around the last termination in the NEEM (Greenland) ice core

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    Oyabu, Ikumi; Iizuka, Yoshinori; Karlin, Torbjorn; Fukui, Manabu; Hondoh, Takeo; Hansson, Margareta

    2013-04-01

    The polar ice cores provide us with reconstruction of past atmospheric aerosols. Atmospheric aerosols such as dust and sea salt in both Arctic and Antarctic ice cores are well discussed by using the proxy of ion concentration/flux. Recently, studies on the chemical compositions of soluble aerosols in the ice cores have been carried out. The chemical compositions and transition of soluble aerosols in the Dome Fuji (Antarctica) has been revealed, however, there are few studies on those of soluble aerosols in Greenland ice cores. Using ice sublimation method #1, we analyzed the chemical compositions of soluble aerosols around the last termination in the NEEM (Greenland) ice core. A total of 43 samples were distributed from NEEM ice core section from 1280 to 1580 m. Soluble aerosols were extracted from the samples by sublimation system. Constituent elements and diameter of each non-volatile particle were measured by scanning electron micro scope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). By using a method in our recent paper #2, we assumed that particles containing Ca and S are calcium sulfate and particles containing Na and S are sodium sulfate. We divided around the last termination into 4 stages by focusing on the temperature; Holocene, Younger Dryas (YD), Bølling-Allerød (B-A) and Last Glacial Period (LGP), and compared the mass ratio of sulfate and chloride aerosols in each stage. During the cold stage in YD and LGP, calcium sulfate accounted large percentage of soluble aerosols. On the other hand, during the warm stage in Holocene and B-A, sodium sulfate accounted large percentage of soluble aerosols. These relationships between chemical composition and temperature are probably related to non sea salt (nss)-calcium ion concentration. We will discuss the relationship between nss-calcium ion concentration and chemical compositions of soluble aerosols in the presentation. References #1 Iizuka et al., J. Glaciol., 55(191), 58-64, 2009. #2 Iizuka, Y. et al. J. Geophys. Res. 117, D04308, 2012.

  13. Statistical distributions of ice core sulfate from climatically relevant volcanic eruptions

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    P. Naveau; C. M. Ammann

    2005-01-01

    Quantitative knowledge of external climate forcing is required for accurately attributing past climatic changes. Information on volcanic activity over the past millennium has primarily been drawn from high-latitude ice cores. A few large events with distinct signatures in the ice are well known and they are commonly used as marker events to synchronize time scales in individual ice cores. Over

  14. Age estimates of isochronous reflection horizons by combining ice core, survey, and synthetic radar data

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    Olaf Eisen; Uwe Nixdorf; Frank Wilhelms; Heinrich Miller

    2004-01-01

    Ice core records and ice-penetrating radar data contain complementary information on glacial subsurface structure and composition, providing various opportunities for interpreting past and present environmental conditions. To exploit the full range of possible applications, accurate dating of internal radar reflection horizons and knowledge about their constituting features is required. On the basis of three ice core records from Dronning Maud

  15. Sources of uncertainty in ice core data A contribution to the Workshop on

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    . Examples include methanesulfonic acid (MSA) as a proxy for sea ice (Abram et al., 2007), water stableSources of uncertainty in ice core data A contribution to the Workshop on Reducing and Representing - 11, 2008 Eric J. Steig, University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195 1. Background Ice cores provide

  16. Combined transmission and reflection optical microscopy of ice core sections

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    Binder, Tobias; Weikusat, Ilka; Kerst, Thomas; Eichler, Jan; Svensson, Anders; Bohleber, Pascal; Garbe, Christoph; Kipfstuhl, Sepp

    2013-04-01

    Microstructure analysis of ice cores is vital to understand the processes controlling the flow of ice on the microscale. To quantify the microstructural variability (and thus occurring processes) on centimeter, meter and kilometer scale along deep polar ice cores, a large number of sections has to be analyzed. In the last decade, two different methods have been applied: On the one hand, transmission optical microscopy of thin sections between crossed polarizers yields information on the distribution of crystal c-axes. On the other hand, reflection optical microscopy of polished and controlled sublimated section surfaces allows to characterize the high resolution properties of a single grain boundary, e.g. its length, shape or curvature. Based on a polar and an alpine ice core we applied both methods to the same set of sections. This enables us to combine all information on crystal orientation and (sub-)grain boundaries. In this contribution we introduce the method of combined transmission-polarization and reflection microscopy as well as an image processing framework for processing and matching both image types [1]. The information content of both analysis methods is limited and influenced by different types of artifacts. It is exemplary shown how the combination allows to compensate for deficiencies of one method. The gray values in images of the grain boundaries on polished ice core sections are influenced by the duration of surface sublimation and the energy/misorientation of the grain boundaries in the section. By combining these gray values with the misorientation obtained from the corresponding thin section imaged between crossed polarizers we try to validate the information content of gray values on the basis of large data sets. This approach is compared to X-ray Laue diffraction measurements (yielding full crystallographic orientation) which validated the sensitivity of the surface sublimation method [2]. As microscopy in transmission mode acquires volume information and microscopy in reflection mode gains information on the surface, an "optimal" matching of both images contains displacements of grain boundary sites. We try to quantify this inaccuracy which can also be interpreted as orientation of the grain boundary surface in 3D. [1] T. Binder et al., 2013, Journal of Microscopy, in review [2] I. Weikusat et al., 2011, Journal of Glaciology, 57, 111-120

  17. Extraterrestrial accretion from the GISP2 ice core

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    Karner, Daniel B.; Levine, Jonathan; Muller, Richard A.; Asaro, Frank; Ram, Michael; Stolz, Michael R.

    The rate of extraterrestrial accretion for particles in the size range 0.45 ?m to ˜20 ?m was determined from dust concentrates extracted from Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) ice core samples. Using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), we determined the iridium (Ir) content of the dust. Following a core-specific correction for terrestrial Ir and assuming a chondritic Ir abundance of 500 ppb, we measure an average accretion rate for 0.45 ?m to ˜20 ?m particles over the entire Earth of 0.22 (± 0.11) × 10 9 g/yr (kton/yr) for 317 years of ice through the interval 6 to 20 ka. This is consistent with the interplanetary dust accretion rate of 0.17 (± 0.08) x 10 9 g/yr that we derive from published 3He data for the GISP2 core. Accounting for particles that are larger and smaller than those detected by or experiment, our best estimate of the total accretion rate (including particle sizes up to about 4 cm in diameter) is 2.5 × 10 9 g/yr. The uncertainty in this estimate is dominated by statistical fluctuations in the number of particles expected to end up in the ice core and not by measurement error. Based on Monte Carlo simulations, we estimate the upper limit for total extraterrestrial accretion to Earth of 6.25 × 10 9 g/yr (95% confidence level). This accretion rate is consistent with some estimates from micrometeorite concentrations in polar ice, estimates from ground-based radar studies, and with accretion estimates of 3He-bearing interplanetary dust particles, assuming that 3He is correlated with particle surface area. It is, however, lower than estimates based on platinum group element studies of marine sediments. The conflict may indicate systematic errors with either the marine or the non-marine samples, departures from the assumed particle spectrum of Grün and coauthors, or time-variable accretion rates, with the early Holocene period being characterized by low levels of accretion.

  18. Adsorption and dissociation of acidic trace gases on ice surfaces - caught in the act with core level spectroscopy

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    Waldner, Astrid; Orlando, Fabrizio; Ammann, Markus; Kleibert, Armin; Huthwelker, Thomas; Peter, Thomas; Bartels-Rausch, Thorsten

    2015-04-01

    Chemistry and physical processes in Earth's ice and snow cover can change the composition of the atmosphere and the contaminant content of the cryosphere. They have thus direct impacts on geochemical cycles and the climate system. Our ability to predict the fate of chemicals in snow or air masses in exchange with the cryosphere on a regional scale or to model those in snow chemistry models is currently hampered by our limited understanding of the underlying mechanisms on a molecular level. So far, direct experimental observations under environmentally relevant conditions of the ice surface and of the adsorption of trace gases to it are very limited. The unique approach of this study is to combine two surface sensitive spectroscopic methods to directly probe the hydrogen-bonding network at the ice surface ( ~1 nm depth) and the concentration, depth profile (~1 to 10 nm), and dissociation degree of the dopant. We present first core-electron photoemission (XPS) and partial electron yield X-ray absorption (NEXAFS) measurements of formic acid adsorbed to ice at 240 K. The analysis of oxygen NEXAFS spectra reveals information on changes in the hydrogen-bonding network of the ice surface upon adsorption of formic acid. Depth profiles based on XPS measurements indicate that the adsorbed acid stays at the ice surface. Furthermore we obtained a preliminary estimation of the degree of formic acid dissociation at the ice surface. Results are compared to earlier core-electron studies of several trace gases adsorbed to ice at 240 K and compared to results from more traditional method to and snow to reveal fundamental aspects of the ice surface and how it interacts with dopants. Even with the focus on adsorption of acidic trace gases to ice, results of this study will thus be of high relevance also for other chemical processes in ice and snow. This is of interest not only in environmental science but also in material science, cryobiology, and astrophysics.

  19. South Pole paleowind from automated synthesis of ice core records

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    Bay, R. C.; Rohde, R. A.; Price, P. B.; Bramall, N. E.

    2010-07-01

    We develop a fully automated reconstruction of South Pole surface roughness as a measure of past wind intensity, using dynamic warping feature recognition and internal consistency checks to reduce subjectivity and analysis time. We synchronized millimeter-resolution optical profiles of deep South Pole glacial dust together with ice core data between the ages 26 and 90 thousand years B.P. The images were captured using a laser dust logger in six boreholes of the IceCube neutrino detector array, a massive construction project in the ice at South Pole and an unusual opportunity for glaciology and paleoclimate research. South Pole surface roughness anticorrelated with curves of Antarctic pCO2 and temperature, which we propose were connected through secular migrations of the Southern Hemisphere westerlies. This new paleoclimate signal may be direct evidence of atmospheric reorganization during the glacial, helping to deconvolve the thermodynamics and biogeochemistry of climate change. We also found that local intensity of atmospheric circulation roughly tracked the quantity of wind-borne particulates deposited in Antarctic ice during the glacial period, although the largest dust increases were likely furnished by the source regions.

  20. THE TROPICAL CONNECTION BETWEEN THE ATLANTIC SECTOR ICE CORES AND THE NORTH PACIFIC MT LOGAN ICE CORE

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    Fisher, D. A.

    2009-12-01

    The stable isotope record from the Mt Logan, Yukon, Canada ice core spans the late Glacial to present and shows very large and sudden variations in O18 during the Holocene . It is hypothesized that they are driven by changes in the water sources ,which in turn, are determined by the state of ENSO. There seems to be no correlations between the Logan ice core isotope record and those from the North Atlantic (Greenland and Eastern Canadian Arctic). Using the stacked and co-dated Greenland and Eastern Canadian Arctic ice core records from the Holocene, it is possible to reproduce the Logan isotope record by subtracting the stacked Atlantic record from itself with an 1100 year lag. The correlations obtainable are -0.43 for 50 year average series. This correlation is significant at the 99.8 % level . The 1100 lag has also been found in previous studies comparing the Greenland to Antarctic ice cores (Stocker and Johnsen,2003). It is argued that such a lagged difference series is a proxy for the difference between the ocean water surface and deep temperatures in the tropical Pacific . ENSO’s amplitude is driven by this temperature difference, (Sun 2000). When the deep water is too warm, then the difference is too small to produce ENSO oscillations and strong tropical easterly winds persist (ie strong and constant La Nina). The ice core records from Mt Logan , Greenland and Eastern Arctic Canada all point to a similar history of ENSO oscillation strength. Prior to ~ 4200 BP the strong and constant La Nina tended to drive the tropical Pacific winds and moisture across to produce strong and reliable monsoons. Since 4200 BP the “modern” and variable pattern has been in place. There was a smaller scale shift about 1840 AD . For about a couple of centuries prior to 1840 AD , La Nina was in charge and after there were the oscillations that are thought of as normal. If the 1100 year lag between surface and bottom temperatures is true and if the bottom temperatures are echoes those from the N Atlantic 1100 years ago, there are implications for what we could expect from the tropical Pacific oscillations (ENSO) in the future. Sun D. 2000. Global climate change and El Nino: a theoretical framework. in "El Nino and The Southern Oscillation", editors H. F. Diaz and V. Markgraf. Cambridge UP. Stocker T.F. and S.J. Johnsen. 2003. A minimum thermodynamic model for the bipolar seesaw.. Paleoceanography vol 18, No 4 , pp11-19.

  1. Sulphate record from a northeast Greenland ice core over the last 1200 years based on continuous flow analysis

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    Fischer, Hubertus

    Sulphate record from a northeast Greenland ice core over the last 1200 years based on continuous for sulphate, calcium, sodium and electrolytical meltwater con- ductivity at a depth resolution method for sulphate revealed relative errors typically around 15%, but at least § 20 ng g^1 , for con

  2. Reevaluation of the reconstruction of summer temperatures from melt features in Belukha ice cores, Siberian Altai

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    Sachiko Okamoto; Koji Fujita; Hideki Narita; Jun Uetake; Nozomu Takeuchi; Takayuki Miyake; Fumio Nakazawa; Vladimir B. Aizen; Stanislav A. Nikitin; Masayoshi Nakawo

    2011-01-01

    In a previous study, past summer temperatures were reconstructed from melt features in the Belukha ice core, Siberian Altai. We evaluated the climatic representativeness of net accumulation and melt features by comparing two Belukha ice cores retrieved at neighboring sites by different institutions and dated by different methods. Melt features in both cores showed a significant correlation, but the trends

  3. The Late Holocene Atmospheric Methane Budget Reconstructed from Ice Cores

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    Mitchell, Logan E.

    In this thesis I used a newly developed methane measurement line to make high-resolution, high-precision measurements of methane during the late Holocene (2800 years BP to present). This new measurement line is capable of an analytical precision of < 3 ppb using ˜120 g samples. The reduced sample size requirements as well as automation of a significant portion of the analysis process have enabled me to make >1500 discrete ice core methane measurements and construct the highest resolution records of methane available over the late Holocene. I first used a shallow ice core from WAIS Divide (WDC05A) to produce a 1000 year long methane record with a ˜9 year temporal resolution. This record confirmed the existence of multidecadal scale variations that were first observed in the Law Dome, Antarctica ice core. I then explored a range of paleoclimate archives for possible mechanistic connections with methane concentrations on multidecadal timescales. In addition, I present a detailed description of the analytical methods used to obtain high-precision measurements of methane including the effects of solubility and a new chronology for the WDC05A ice core. I found that, in general, the correlations with paleoclimate proxies for temperature and precipitation were low over a range of geographic regions. Of these, the highest correlations were found from 1400-1600 C.E. during the onset of the Little Ice Age and with a drought index in the headwater region of the major East Asian rivers. Large population losses in Asia and the Americas are also coincident with methane concentration decreases indicating that anthropogenic activities may have been impacting multidecadal scale methane variability. In the second component I extended the WAIS Divide record back to 2800 years B.P. and also measured methane from GISP2D over this time interval. These records allowed me to examine the methane Inter-Polar Difference (IPD) which is created by greater northern hemispheric sources. The IPD provides an important constraint on changes in the latitudinal distribution of sources. We used this constraint and an 8-box global methane chemical transport model to examine the Early Anthropogenic Hypothesis which posits that humans began influencing climate thousands of years ago by increasing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the onset of the next ice age. I found that most of the increase in methane sources over this time came from tropical regions with a smaller contribution coming from the extratropical northern hemisphere. Based on previous modeling estimates of natural methane source changes, I found that the increase in the southern hemisphere tropical methane emissions was likely natural and that the northern hemispheric increase in methane emissions was likely due to anthropogenic activities. These results also provide new constraints on the total magnitude of pre-industrial anthropogenic methane emissions, which I found to be between the high and low estimates that have been previously published in the literature. For the final component of my thesis I assembled a coalition of scientists to investigate the effects of layering on the process of air enclosure in ice at WAIS Divide. Air bubbles are trapped in ice 60-100m below the surface of an ice sheet as snow compacts into solid ice in a region that is known as the Lock-In Zone (LIZ). The details of this process are not known and in the absence of direct measurements previous researchers have assumed it to be a smooth process. This project utilized high-resolution methane and air content measurements as well as density of ice, delta15N of N2, and bubble number density measurements to show that air entrapment is affected by high frequency (mm scale) layering in the density of ice within the LIZ. I show that previous parameterizations of the bubble closure process in firn models have not accounted for this variability and present a new parameterization which does. This has implications for interpreting rapid changes in trace gases measured in ice cores since variable bubble closure wi

  4. Ice cores and SeaRISE: What we do (and don't) know

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    Alley, Richard B.

    1991-01-01

    Ice core analyses are needed in SeaRISE to learn what the West Antarctic ice sheet and other marine ice sheets were like in the past, what climate changes led to their present states, and how they behave. The major results of interest to SeaRISE from previous ice core analyses in West Antarctic are that the end of the last ice age caused temperature and accumulation rate increases in inland regions, leading to ice sheet thickening followed by thinning to the present.

  5. Small scale folding observed in the NEEM ice core

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    Jansen, Daniela; Llorens, Maria-Gema; Westhoff, Julien; Steinbach, Florian; Bons, Paul D.; Kipfstuhl, Sepp; Griera, Albert; Weikusat, Ilka

    2015-04-01

    Disturbances on the centimeter scale in the layering of the NEEM ice core (North Greenland) can be mapped by means of visual stratigraphy as long as the ice does have a visual layering, such as, for example, cloudy bands. Different focal depths of the visual stratigraphy method allow, to a certain extent, a three dimensional view of the structures. In this study we present a structural analysis of the visible folds, discuss characteristics and frequency and present examples of typical fold structures. With this study we aim to quantify the potential impact of small scale folding on the integrity of climate proxy data. We also analyze the structures with regard to the stress environment under which they formed. The structures evolve from gentle waves at about 1700 m to overturned z-folds with increasing depth. Occasionally, the folding causes significant thickening of layers. Their shape indicates that they are passive features and are probably not initiated by rheology differences between layers. Layering is heavily disturbed and tracing of single layers is no longer possible below a depth of 2160 m. Lattice orientation distributions for the corresponding core sections were analyzed where available in addition to visual stratigraphy. The data show axial-plane parallel strings of grains with c.axis orientations that deviate from that of the matrix, which has more or less a single-maximum fabric at the depth where the folding occurs. We conclude from these data that folding is a consequence of deformation along localized shear planes and kink bands. The findings are compared with results from other deep ice cores. The observations presented are supplemented by microstructural modeling using a crystal plasticity code that reproduces deformation, applying a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), coupled with ELLE to include dynamic recrystallization processes. The model results reproduce the development of bands of grains with a tilted orientation relative to the single maximum fabric of the matrix and also the associated local deformation.

  6. Ice core dust particulate by XPS-SEM\\/EDAX

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    Zhongqin Li; Gongxuan Lu; Baozhong Liu; Hongxiang Fu; Yu Liu

    1999-01-01

    The ice core dust particulate sampled from Mt. Xixabangma has been analyzed by means of X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS)\\u000a and scanning electron microscope with energy dispersion X-ray analysis (SEM\\/EDAX). The results show that the contents of SO\\u000a 4\\u000a 2?\\u000a and SO\\u000a 4\\u000a 2?\\u000a in the surface layer of the dust are significantly higher than those in the subsurface layer (with

  7. Oxygen Isotopic composition of nitrate trapped in Vostok ice core

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    Savarino, J.; Michalski, G.; Thiemens, M. H.

    2001-05-01

    It is well known that NOx plays a key role in the mediation of the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere. Our ability to model and understand pre-industrial atmospheric chemistry is mainly limited by our lack of knowledge of past NOx emissions. For years, the hope was that HNO3 trapped in ice cores would probe NOx emissions the during glacial/interglacial climate oscillations. However, it was soon realized that post depositional effects in the snow pack obscure the original atmospheric signal of this end product of NOx oxidation. So far, none of the concentration profiles of nitrate obtained from ice cores has been used to constrain NOx emissions. Recent observations of the oxygen isotopic composition of nitrate have opened a possible new way to link the nitrate ice core profile and past atmospheric chemistry. For \\17O, thermodynamic, kinetic, and equilibrium isotope effects dictate that ? 17O = .52 x ? 18O . Certain photochemical processes violate this rule due to quantum effects and are quantified by ? 17O = ? 17O -.52 x ? 18O which are termed mass independent fractionations (MIF). Atmospheric nitrates have now been measured and have been found to have a large MIF; ? 17O ~ 29 ‰ and a small range +/- 2‰ . The large variations in ? 18O of atmospheric nitrate are due to mass dependent fractions from transport and source ratios, and do not effect the ? 17O. In addition, post depositional fractionations associated with remobilization (condensation/evaporation, phase changes .) in the snow pack are processes known for years to be mass dependent processes. The ? 17O can then be used as a conservative trace of atmospheric nitrate deposition and chemistry. Experiments performed in our lab show that the oxygen isotopic anomaly of nitrate derives from the ozone-NOx catalytic cycle. During this process, the ozone transfer to the NOx inscribes its unique isotopic signature. Antarctic soils have a ? 17O ~ 30 ‰ , acknowledging they are purely atmospheric in origin. A similar oxygen isotopic composition has been observed in Vostok ice core nitrate. This finding opens a new door to investigate the origin and fate of NOx chemistry above polar regions at ancient times.

  8. Roosevelt Island - a good place for an ice core

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    Conway, H.; Bertler, N.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Hindmarsh, R. C. A.; Pyne, A.; Brook, E.; Waddington, E.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Hawley, R.; Fitzpatrick, J.

    2012-04-01

    Roosevelt Island, a coastal ice dome in the eastern Ross Sea of West Antarctica, is ideally situated for investigating histories of climate and deglaciation of the region. With ice thickness H=745m, accumulation rate b=0.18m/yr, the characteristic timescale at the divide H/b is ~4kyr. Radar-detected layers (assumed to be isochrones) are arched upward beneath the divide; the pattern of the stack of bumps does not show evidence of divide migration. Matching the depth-profile of bump amplitudes using a 1-D transient ice-flow model indicates that the island has thinned about 300m since the onset of divide-type flow 3-4kyr BP (Conway et al., 1999). A coupled thermo-mechanical model yields similar results for the onset of divide flow and rate of thinning, and also shows that relatively high power rheology (n=4) is necessary to match the observed bump-amplitude distribution (Martin et al., 2006). A depth-age relationship is needed to infer histories of climate and ice dynamics farther back in time (Waddington et al., 2005; Price et al., 2007; Parrenin et al, 2007). RICE (Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution) Project is an international partnership between scientists from New Zealand, USA, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Italy and China. A primary goal is to drill and date a core from Roosevelt Island. Drilling at the south summit is underway and will be completed during the 2012-13 austral summer. Initial calculations indicate the glacial transition is at about 80% depth; we expect to be able to infer histories of climate and ice dynamics over the past 40kyr. A depth-age relationship will be established from depth profiles of stable isotopes, chemistry, electrical conductivity and gas (methane) chronology. Physical properties (grain size and fabric, dust and volcanic layers) will also be measured. Borehole temperature profiles will be measured after drilling is complete. The spatial pattern of the modern thinning rate is being determined directly from repeat measurements with phase-sensitive radar, and indirectly from continuity (the residual of the sum of the horizontal flux divergence and the accumulation rate). Geophysical inverse methods using ice-flow models of varying complexity will be used to fit all available data at their level of uncertainty to infer histories of ice thickness and climate.

  9. Characterizing black carbon in rain and ice cores using coupled tangential flow filtration and transmission electron microscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ellis, A.; Edwards, R.; Saunders, M.; Chakrabarty, R. K.; Subramanian, R.; van Riessen, A.; Smith, A. M.; Lambrinidis, D.; Nunes, L. J.; Vallelonga, P.; Goodwin, I. D.; Moy, A. D.; Curran, M. A. J.; van Ommen, T. D.

    2015-06-01

    Antarctic ice cores have been used to study the history of black carbon (BC), but little is known with regards to the physical and chemical characteristics of these particles in the remote atmosphere. Characterization remains limited by ultra-trace concentrations in ice core samples and the lack of adequate methods to isolate the particles unaltered from the melt water. To investigate the physical and chemical characteristics of these particles, we have developed a tangential flow filtration (TFF) method combined with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Tests using ultrapure water and polystyrene latex particle standards resulted in excellent blanks and significant particle recovery. This approach has been applied to melt water from Antarctic ice cores as well as tropical rain from Darwin, Australia with successful results: TEM analysis revealed a variety of BC particle morphologies, insoluble coatings, and the attachment of BC to mineral dust particles. The TFF-based concentration of these particles has proven to give excellent results for TEM studies of BC particles in Antarctic ice cores and can be used for future studies of insoluble aerosols in rainwater and ice core samples.

  10. Sea salt as an ice core proxy for past sea ice extent: A process-based model study

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    Levine, J. G.; Yang, X.; Jones, A. E.; Wolff, E. W.

    2014-05-01

    Sea ice is a reflection of, and a feedback on, the Earth's climate. We explore here, using a global atmospheric chemistry-transport model, the use of sea salt in Antarctic ice cores to obtain continuous long-term, regionally integrated records of past sea ice extent, synchronous with ice core records of climate. The model includes the production, transport, and deposition of sea salt aerosol from the open ocean and "blowing snow" on sea ice. Under current climate conditions, we find that meteorology, not sea ice extent, is the dominant control on the atmospheric concentration of sea salt reaching coastal and continental Antarctic sites on interannual timescales. However, through a series of idealized sensitivity experiments, we demonstrate that sea salt has potential as a proxy for larger changes in sea ice extent (e.g., glacial-interglacial). Treating much of the sea ice under glacial conditions as a source of salty blowing snow, we demonstrate that the increase in sea ice extent alone (without changing the meteorology) could drive, for instance, a 68% increase in atmospheric sea salt concentration at the site of the Dome C ice core, which exhibits an approximate twofold glacial increase in sea salt flux. We also show how the sensitivity of this potential proxy decreases toward glacial sea ice extent—the basis of an explanation previously proposed for the lag observed between changes in sea salt flux and ?D (an ice core proxy for air temperature) at glacial terminations. The data thereby permit simultaneous changes in sea ice extent and climate.

  11. Tree ring and ice core time scales around the Santorini eruption

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    Löfroth, Elin; Muscheler, Raimund; Aldahan, Ala; Possnert, Göran; Berggren, Ann-Marie

    2010-05-01

    When studying cosmogenic radionuclides in ice core and tree ring archives around the Santorini eruption a ~20 year discrepancy was found between the records (Muscheler 2009). In this study a new 10Be dataset from the NGRIP ice core is presented. It has a resolution of 7 years and spans the period 3752-3244 BP (1803-1295 BC). The NGRIP 10Be record and the previously published 10Be GRIP record were compared to the IntCal datasets to further investigate the discrepancy between the ice core and tree ring chronologies. By modelling the 14C production rate based on atmospheric 14C records a comparison could be made to the 10Be flux which is assumed to represent the 10Be production rate. This showed a time shift of ~23 years between the records. The sensitivity of the results to changes in important model parameters was evaluated. Uncertainties in the carbon cycle model cannot explain a substantial part of the timing differences. Potential influences of climate and atmospheric processes on the 10Be deposition were studied using ?18O from the respective cores and GISP2 ice core ion data. The comparison to ?18O revealed a small but significant correlation between 10Be flux and ?18O when the 14C-derived production signal was removed from the 10Be curves. The ion data, as proxies for atmospheric circulation changes, did not show any correlations to the 10Be record or the 10Be/14C difference. When including possible data uncertainties there is still a minimum discrepancy of ~10 years between the 10Be ice core and the 14C tree ring record. Due to lack of alternative explanations it is concluded that the ice core and/or the tree ring chronologies contains unaccounted errors in this range. This also reconciles the radiocarbon 1627-1600 BC (Friedrich et al., 2006) and ice core 1642±5 BC (Vinther et al., 2006) datings of the Santorini eruption. Friedrich, W.L., Kromer, B., Friedrich, M., Heinemeier, J., Pfeiffer, T., & Talamo, S., 2006: Santorini eruption radiocarbon dated to 1627-1600 BC. Science 312, 548-548. Muscheler, 2009: 14C and 10Be around 1650 cal BC. In Warburton, D.A., (ed.): Time's Up! Dating the Minoan Eruption of Santorini: acts of the Minoan Eruption Chronology Workshop, Sandbjerg November 2007: Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens. Aarhus University Press, Aarhus. 298 pp. Vinther, B.M., Clausen, H.B., Johnsen, S.J., Rasmussen, S.O., Andersen, K.K., Buchardt, S.L., Dahl-Jensen, D., Seierstad, I.K., Siggaard-Andersen, M.L., Steffensen, J.P., Svensson, A., Olsen, J., & Heinemeier, J., 2006: A synchronized dating of three Greenland ice cores throughout the Holocene. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 111, 11.

  12. Carbonyl sulfide during the late Holocene from measurements in Antarctic ice cores (Invited)

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    Aydin, M.; Fudge, T. J.; Verhulst, K. R.; Waddington, E. D.; Saltzman, E. S.

    2013-12-01

    Carbonyl sulfide (COS) is the most abundant sulfur gas in the troposphere with a global average mixing ratio of about 500 parts per trillion (ppt) and a lifetime of 3 years. It is produced by a variety of natural and anthropogenic sources. Oceans are the largest source, emitting COS and precursors carbon disulfide and dimethyl sulfide. The most important removal process of COS is uptake by terrestrial plants during photosynthesis. Interest in the atmospheric variability of COS is primarily due to its potential value as a proxy for changes in gross primary productivity of the land biosphere. Ice core COS records may provide the long term observational basis needed to explore climate driven changes in terrestrial productivity and the resulting impacts, for example, on atmospheric CO2 levels. Previous measurements in a South Pole ice core established the preindustrial COS levels at ~30% of the modern atmosphere and revealed that atmospheric COS increased at an average rate of 1.8 ppt per 100 years over the last 2,000 years [Aydin et al., 2008]. We have since measured COS in 5 additional ice cores from 4 different sites in Antarctica. These measurements display a site-dependent downcore decline in COS, apparently driven by in situ hydrolysis. The reaction is strongly temperature dependent, with the hydrolysis lifetimes (e-folding) ranging from thousands to hundreds of thousands of years. We implement a novel technique that uses ice and heat flow models to predict temperature histories for the ice core samples from different sites and correct for the COS lost to in situ hydrolysis assuming first order kinetics. The 'corrected' COS records confirm the trend observed previously in the COS record from the South Pole ice core. The new, longer record suggests the slow increase in atmospheric COS may have started about 5,000 years ago and continued for 4,500 years until levels stabilized about 500 years ago. Atmospheric CO2 was also rising during this time period, suggesting the atmospheric levels of both trace gases might have changed as a response to a long-term decline in terrestrial productivity during the late Holocene.

  13. Rapid climate changes recorded in Greenland ice cores

    SciTech Connect

    Alley, R.B.

    1995-12-31

    Exceptionally large, rapid climate changes have repeatedly affected the North Atlantic basin and beyond over the last 100,000 years, as recorded in Greenlandic ice cores. The changes involve regional or global conditions (large changes in methane, in storm tracks, and in atmospheric loading of windblown sea salt and continental dust) as well as local conditions (several degrees C in temperature, twofold change in snow accumulation). Changes occurred over decades to as little as a single year. {open_quotes}Flickering{close_quotes} behavior occurred at some transitions, with rapid fluctuations between two states over years to decades before longer-term stabilization in one of the states. Such changes almost certainly are linked to large-scale reorganizations of the atmosphere-ocean system. One significant event occurred as recently as 8,000 years ago, after the low-latitude ice sheets had largely melted, casting doubt on the hypothesis that the low-latitude ice sheets are necessary to destabilize North Atlantic climate.

  14. Fire in ice: two millennia of boreal forest fire history from the Greenland NEEM ice core

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zennaro, P.; Kehrwald, N.; McConnell, J. R.; Schüpbach, S.; Maselli, O. J.; Marlon, J.; Vallelonga, P.; Leuenberger, D.; Zangrando, R.; Spolaor, A.; Borrotti, M.; Barbaro, E.; Gambaro, A.; Barbante, C.

    2014-10-01

    Biomass burning is a major source of greenhouse gases and influences regional to global climate. Pre-industrial fire-history records from black carbon, charcoal and other proxies provide baseline estimates of biomass burning at local to global scales spanning millennia, and are thus useful to examine the role of fire in the carbon cycle and climate system. Here we use the specific biomarker levoglucosan together with black carbon and ammonium concentrations from the North Greenland Eemian (NEEM) ice cores (77.49° N, 51.2° W; 2480 m a.s.l) over the past 2000 years to infer changes in boreal fire activity. Increases in boreal fire activity over the periods 1000-1300 CE and decreases during 700-900 CE coincide with high-latitude NH temperature changes. Levoglucosan concentrations in the NEEM ice cores peak between 1500 and 1700 CE, and most levoglucosan spikes coincide with the most extensive central and northern Asian droughts of the past millennium. Many of these multi-annual droughts are caused by Asian monsoon failures, thus suggesting a connection between low- and high-latitude climate processes. North America is a primary source of biomass burning aerosols due to its relative proximity to the Greenland Ice Cap. During major fire events, however, isotopic analyses of dust, back trajectories and links with levoglucosan peaks and regional drought reconstructions suggest that Siberia is also an important source of pyrogenic aerosols to Greenland.

  15. Assessing Stationarity in Ice Core Record-Sea Level Pressure Relationships for Yukon Territory Ice Core Records

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    Kelsey, E. P.; Wake, C. P.; Osterberg, E. C.

    2014-12-01

    We assess the stationarity of the relationship between Northern Hemisphere winter (Dec-Feb) sea-level pressure (SLP) and proxy time series (major ions, accumulation, and stable isotopes) from the Eclipse (3017 m asl) and the Mt. Logan Prospector-Russell Col (PRCol; 5340 m asl) ice cores from Yukon, Canada. We develop a novel spatial calibration procedure to identify ranges of ice core values that are associated with consistent winter SLP anomaly patterns. Each ice core variable time series was ranked and divided into groups of 13 years each. We assess stationarity by splitting the 1872-2001 analysis period in half (1872-1936 and 1937-2001) and comparing the locations and magnitudes of SLP anomaly patterns during the two periods for each group of ice core values. Northern Hemisphere monthly mean SLP from the 20th Century Reanalysis dataset are used. The high accumulation rate (1.38 m a-1) at Eclipse allows us to analyze 6-month seasonal mean values (Oct-Mar and Apr-Sep), whereas annual mean values are used from PRCol where the accumulation rate is lower (0.40 m a-1). The Eclipse cold season accumulation and PRCol annual mean sodium concentrations (Na+) exhibit the strongest correlations with winter SLP anomaly patterns. In particular, the lowest and highest 20% annual Na+ values at PRCol and lowest 10% cold season accumulation values at Eclipse exhibit stationarity with consistent SLP anomaly patterns in the North Pacific for all three time periods. A weaker Aleutian Low consistently occurred in the central to eastern North Pacific for the lowest Na+ years at PRCol and lowest accumulation cold seasons at Eclipse, although these groups of years are mostly independent. A stronger Aleutian Low occurs in the North Pacific for the highest Na+ years at PRCol. A stationary SLP anomaly pattern is not observed through all three time periods for high cold season accumulation at Eclipse. Application of this calibration procedure with other traditional calibration and reconstruction methods can help identify the proxy values that are most likely to produce an accurate climate reconstruction. This study highlights an application where incorporating more SLP observations into the pre-1930 period of the 20th Century Reanalysis can improve the fidelity of climate proxy calibrations and paleoclimate reconstructions.

  16. Recent mechanical weakening of the Arctic sea ice cover as revealed from larger inertial oscillations

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Recent mechanical weakening of the Arctic sea ice cover as revealed from larger inertial and analytical ocean boundary layer-sea ice coupled dynamical model that we apply to the modeling of Arctic sea complements our related work in an unpublished paper where the sea ice cover response to the Coriolis forcing

  17. Spatially-resolved chemical analysis of frozen ice cores by cryo-cell-UV-laser-ablation-ICPMS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Müller, Wolfgang; Della Lunga, Damiano; Rasmussen, Sune O.; Svensson, Anders

    2015-04-01

    High-latitude ice cores have become the master records of late Pleistocene climate variability. Especially the high-resolution data from Greenland of the past ~125 ka reveal a remarkably changeable glacial climate, and these rapid climate oscillations have been shown to take place within a few years only [1, 2]. The requirement for an improvement in spatial resolution in ice core analysis arises from 1) the continuous thinning of annual layers in deep parts of ice cores to below what is routinely resolvable by continuous flow analysis and 2) the concomitant recrystallization of ice that potentially affects the location of impurities and thus the identification of annual layers. We developed a new technique to analyze elemental concentrations at ppb-levels in frozen ice cores at ~100 um (0.1 mm) resolution, which focuses on seasalt and dust tracers (e.g. Na, Mg, Ca, Al, Fe). It utilizes a custom-built, peltier-cooled cryo-sample holder fully compatible with the two-volume Laurin LA-cell of our RESOlution M-50 excimer (193 nm ArF) LA system, which is coupled to an Agilent 7500cs ICPMS, operated in reaction cell gas mode with H2 to eliminate 40Ar and 40Ar16O to access 40Ca and 56Fe [3]. Using 3 x 5 cm strips of ice cores per sample holder, this setup allows elemental concentrations to be acquired using both depth-profiling along (chains of) spots and/or as continuous lateral profiles, following surface cleaning with a major-element-free ceramic blade. Ice crystal boundaries can be observed with transmitted or reflected light illumination. We focus on NGRIP samples from Greenland Stadial 22 (GS22; ~84-88 ka; ~2695-2720 m) with its corresponding transitions. Owing to analysis in frozen ice, we can easily identify - relative to ice crystal boundaries - the location of cation impurities in both clear ice and so-called cloudy bands that are enriched in impurities. We find a remarkable difference in the location of impurities between these different ice domains [4]. Lower concentration clear ice shows strong impurity-enrichment along grain boundaries and junctions (similar to S concentrations in [5]), whereas cloudy bands do not display significant differences in elemental concentrations between grain interiors and boundaries, at overall higher concentrations. These results together with those of 2D and even 3D mapping of impurities as well as profiles across the two warm/cold transitions will be presented.

  18. Volcanic forcing of climate over the past 1500 years: An improved ice-core-based index for climate models

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chaochao Gao; Alan Robock; Caspar Ammann

    2008-01-01

    This dissertation has investigated one of the most important natural causes of climate change, volcanic eruptions, by developing an ice core-based volcanic forcing index, using 54 ice core records from both the Arctic and Antarctica. The extensive collection of ice core data reduces errors inherent in reconstructions based on a single or small number of cores. This enables us to

  19. Retrieving a common accumulation record from Greenland ice cores for the past 1800 years

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. K. Andersen; P. D. Ditlevsen; S. O. Rasmussen; H. B. Clausen; B. M. Vinther; S. J. Johnsen; J. P. Steffensen

    2006-01-01

    In the accumulation zone of the Greenland ice sheet the annual accumulation rate may be determined through identification of the annual cycle in the isotopic climate signal and other parameters that exhibit seasonal variations. On an annual basis the accumulation rate in different Greenland ice cores is highly variable, and the degree of correlation between accumulation series from different ice

  20. Evidence from lake sediments, marine sediments, and ice cores

    E-print Network

    Sengun, Mehmet Haluk

    records #12;Example: Sea ice reconstruction · Methane sulphonic acid (MSA) · Produced by algae · Melting of seasonal sea ice as primer for growth #12;Law Dome MSA vs. sea ice extent Correlationcoefficient 0.8 0.6 0 et al., Science, 2003 #12;Law Dome MSA vs. sea ice extent · Positive MSA-sea ice relationship

  1. Paleoclimatic significance of insoluble microparticle records from Canadian Arctic and Greenland ice cores

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zdanowicz, Christian Michel

    1999-10-01

    The past and present variability of climate in the Arctic region is investigated using ice core records of atmospheric dust (microparticles) and volcanic aerosols developed from the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. A high- resolution, 10 4-year long proxy record of atmospheric dust deposition is developed from an ice core (P95) drilled through the Penny Ice Cap, Baffin Island. Snowpit studies indicate that dust deposited on the Penny Ice Cap are representative of background mineral aerosol, and demonstrate that the variability of dust fallout is preserved in the P95 core at multi-annual to longer time scales. The P95 dust record reveals a significant increase in dust deposition on the Penny Ice Cap between ca 7500-5000 yr ago. This increase was driven by early to mid-/late Holocene transformations in the Northern Hemisphere landscape (ice cover retreat, postglacial land emergence) and climate (transition to colder, drier conditions) that led to an expansion of sources and enhanced eolian activity. Comparison between dust records in the P95 and GISP2 (Greenland) ice cores shows an increasing divergence between the two records beginning ca 7500 years ago. The effects of Northern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation and snow cover extent on atmospheric dust deposition in the Arctic are evaluated by comparing the P95 dust record with observational data. Changes in dust deposition are strongly linked to modes of the Northern Hemisphere winter circulation. Most prominently, an inverse relationship between the P95 dust record and the intensity of the winter Siberian High accounts for over 50% of the interannual variance of these two parameters over the period 1899-1995. On inter- to multi- annual time scales, the P95 dust record is significantly anticorrelated with variations in spring, and to a lesser extent fall, snow cover extent in the mid-latitude interior regions of Eurasia and North America. These relationships account for an estimated 10 to 20% of variance in the P95 dust record. An empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis is used to investigate patterns of temporal covariance among insoluble microparticles and major ions deposited in the GISP2 and P95 ice cores. Dust and major ions covary strongly in the GISP2 late glacial record but are uncorrelated in both the GISP2 and P95 Holocene records. Companion EOF analyses of the Holocene records identify distinctive covariance patterns among microparticles and/or major ions that are associated with certain aerosols types or with source-specific air masses reaching the Arctic, providing further evidence of increased regional-scale climatic and atmospheric variability over the last ~ 12,000 years. The atmospheric and climatic impact of the early Holocene eruption of Mount Mazama (Crater Lake, Oregon) is evaluated from the GISP2 ice core record of volcanically- derived sulfate and ash particles. The calendrical age of the eruption is determined to be 7627 +/- 150 cal yr B.P. The GISP2 sulfate record suggests a total stratospheric aerosol loading between 88 and 224 Mt spread over a ~ 6-year period following the eruption. From these figures, the Mount Mazama eruption is estimated to have depressed temperature by ~ 0.6 to 0.7°C at mid- to high northern latitudes. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  2. Applications of a Rapid Endospore Viability Assay for Monitoring UV Inactivation and Characterizing Arctic Ice Cores

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hannah S. Shafaat; Adrian Ponce

    2006-01-01

    We have developed a rapid endospore viability assay (EVA) in which endospore germination serves as an indicator for viability and applied it to (i) monitor UV inactivation of endospores as a function of dose and (ii) determine the proportion of viable endospores in arctic ice cores (Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) cores; 94 m). EVA is based on the

  3. Reevaluation of past summer temperature reconstruction by melt features in Belukha ice cores, Russian Altai

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Okamoto; K. Fujita; H. Narita; J. Uetake; N. Takeuchi; T. Miyake; F. Nakazawa; V. Aizen; S. Nikitin; M. Nakawo

    2009-01-01

    Past summer temperature has been reconstructed by melt features in Belukha ice core in a previous study. We evaluated a climatic representativeness of isotope, net accumulation and melt feature by comparing two Belukha ice cores retrieved by different institutions and dated by different methods. We find a significant correlation between seasonal changes in stable isotope in precipitation and air temperature.

  4. A comparison of the present and last interglacial periods in six Antarctic ice cores

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. Masson-Delmotte; D. Buiron; A. Ekaykin; M. Frezzotti; H. Gallée; J. Jouzel; G. Krinner; A. Landais; H. Motoyama; H. Oerter; K. Pol; D. Pollard; C. Ritz; E. Schlosser; L. C. Sime; H. Sodemann; B. Stenni; R. Uemura; F. Vimeux

    2010-01-01

    We compare the present and last interglacial periods as recorded in Antarctic water stable isotope records now available at various temporal resolutions from six East Antarctic ice cores: Vostok, Taylor Dome, EPICA Dome C (EDC), EPICA Dronning Maud Land (EDML), Dome Fuji and the recent TALDICE ice core from Talos Dome. We first review the different modern site characteristics in

  5. A comparison of the present and last interglacial periods in six Antarctic ice cores

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. Masson-Delmotte; D. Buiron; A. Ekaykin; M. Frezzotti; H. Gallée; J. Jouzel; G. Krinner; A. Landais; H. Motoyama; H. Oerter; K. Pol; D. Pollard; C. Ritz; E. Schlosser; L. C. Sime; H. Sodemann; B. Stenni; R. Uemura; F. Vimeux

    2011-01-01

    We compare the present and last interglacial periods as recorded in Antarctic water stable isotope records now available at various temporal resolutions from six East Antarctic ice cores: Vostok, Taylor Dome, EPICA Dome C (EDC), EPICA Dronning Maud Land (EDML), Dome Fuji and the recent TALDICE ice core from Talos Dome. We first review the different modern site characteristics in

  6. Using Real Data from Ice Cores and Salt Cores to Interpret Paleoclimate

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Kathy Benison

    To prepare for this exercise, students do background reading (from journal articles selected by instructor) and participate in classroom lectures about various types of qualitative and quantitative paleoclimate data (including rock/sed. type, stable isotopes, and fluid inclusions). Then, they are given the assignment and asked to complete it on their own (or in groups of two). The assignment consists of four paleotemperature curves. One curve is from the Vostok ice core of Antarctica and another represents the GRIP ice core from Greeenland (Jouzel et al., 1987, 1993; Chapellaz et al., 1997). Two halite cores, one from Death Valley and one from Chile, are also represented (Lowenstein et al., 1998, 1999; Hein, 2000). Students answer written questions that ask them to identify coldest and warmest times in the past 150,000 years, that ask them if cores can be correlated, that ask them if they can distinguish local, regional, and global warming and cooling trends. They are also asked how to better resolve paleoclimate data from this time period. The final questions ask students how confident they would feel about using this data to make paleoclimate predictions into the future. After the students have completed in turned in their assignment, we have a class discussion about the exercise, using the questions to guide us. This discussion can be supplemented with predictions from climate models and explanations of different types of paleoclimate data.

  7. Sea ice variability during the Holocene: evidence from marine and ice cores in the Ross Sea area, East Antarctica

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mezgec, Karin; Melis, Romana; Crosta, Xavier; Traversi, Rita; Severi, Mirko; Colizza, Ester; Braida, Martina; Stenni, Barbara

    2013-04-01

    High latitudes are particularly interesting places to document natural climate variability. Sea ice is an important element in the climate system because it influences bottom water formation and ocean circulation and regulates the ocean-atmosphere heat exchange. Understanding climate and environmental changes through the reconstruction of past sea ice variability, atmospheric circulation and oceanographic conditions in the Southern Ocean could represent one of the most important keys to predict with confidence future climate changes on global scale. In fact, the oceanic area surrounding Antarctica represents the main source of bottom water formation affecting the global climate through the oceanic circulation. In this study, we present an interdisciplinary proxies analysis considering marine and ice core records, as part of the ESF PolarCLIMATE HOLOCLIP (Holocene climate variability at high-southern latitudes: an integrated perspective) project, to document sea ice variability in the Ross Sea continental shelf area. Diatom assemblages from three sediment cores located in the north-western Ross Sea (Joides Basin, Cape Hallett and Wood Bay) have been studied and the sea salt Na+ (a potential proxy of sea ice) records from two ice core sites (Taylor Dome and Talos Dome) facing the Ross Sea area have been considered. The significant positive correlations among the sea ice diatom Fragilariopsis curta relative abundance and sea salt Na+ records from Talos Dome and Taylor Dome ice cores, suggest that sea salt Na+ could be used as a proxy for sea ice extent and/or duration in the Ross Sea area. These preliminary results look as a positive premise in view of integrating proxies from different realms (marine and glacial) in order to achieve a more complete view of the climate and environmental changes occurring during the Holocene. The combination of geological and glacial records will greatly improve our knowledge on paleo sea ice dynamics.

  8. The Mercedario ice core - an excellent archive for ENSO reconstruction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jenk, Theo; Graesslin-Ciric, Anita; Tobler, Leonhard; Gäggeler, Heinz; Morgenstern, Uwe; Casassa, Gino; Lüthi, Martin; Schmitt, Jochen; Eichler, Anja; Schwikowski, Margit

    2015-04-01

    South America is a key region for the understanding of climate dynamics in the Southern Hemisphere such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). A direct ENSO signal can be expected to be preserved in glaciers located between 28 and 35° S, as the amount of winter precipitation in Central Chile is significantly correlated to the Southern Oscillation Index. We will present new results from a 104 m long ice core drilled in 2005 at La Ollada glacier on Cerro Mercedario located in the Central Argentinean Andes (31° 58'S, 70° 07'W, 6100 m asl.). Measured borehole temperatures, ranging from -16.7 ° C at 104 m depth to -18.5 ° C at 10 m below surface, are the lowest englacial temperatures that have been measured in Andean glaciers to date which is reflected in the complete absence of melt features in the core. Another rather unique characteristic of this core is the fact that the oxygen isotopic ratios of water (?18O) do not show seasonal variation. The core was dated using a combination of independent tools such as (1) annual layer counting mainly based on dust related chemical impurities, (2) nuclear dating with 210Pb, 14C of particulate carbon (i.e. OC fraction) and tritium, (3) measurements of trace gases (i.e. CH4, N2O and CFCs) trapped in the ice enclosed air bubbles and (4) 2D glacier flow modelling. This allowed obtaining an accurate chronology for the last 350 years. The mean annual accumulation rate of the site was determined with 0.27 ± 0.03 m w.eq., principally allowing seasonal to sub-seasonal resolution. We will discuss transport and sources of chemical impurities and the relation between them, ?18O and tropical eastern Pacific sea surface temperatures (SST). As expected for the site, we find ?18O and most chemical impurities to be strongly modulated by the ENSO allowing presentation of a new proxy based ENSO reconstruction back to ~1700 AD.

  9. Climate Variability in the Antarctic Peninsula: Insights from the 2010 Bruce Plateau Ice Core

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    Mosley-Thompson, E. S.; Goodwin, B. P.; Sierra, R.; Lin, P.; Miller, D.; Thompson, L. G.; Kenny, D. V.

    2013-12-01

    A new ice core was drilled to bedrock (448.12 m) in 2010 on the Bruce Plateau (BP) ice field (66.03°S; 64.07°W; 1975.5 masl) in the northern Antarctic Peninsula (AP). This is the second ice core, the 2008 James Ross Island (JRI) core was the first, in the AP to reach bedrock and thereby capture the entire record preserved at the drill site. There are just a handful of multi-century long ice core records from the AP, most extending back less than 500 years. The very high annual mass accumulation on the BP (~1.8 m w.e. from 1900 to 2009 CE) allows precise layer counting back to 1400 CE and with temporal constraints by known volcanic eruptions the record is annually resolved back to 1250 CE. The ?18O of individual samples correlates well with temperature observations at Rothera Station (1977 to 2009) which allows calculation of monthly estimates of mass accumulation. These reveal a late winter/ early spring precipitation maximum which imparts a seasonal bias to the climate signals closely linked to wet deposition (e.g., ?18O, various chemical species). The annually resolved records of ?18O and mass accumulation provide proxy-based histories of temperature and precipitation. Comparison with meteorological observations indicates that the BP ?18O record provides a reliable proxy of mean annual air temperature along the west side of the AP. The resulting ?18O-inferred air temperatures for the last 600 years reveal multi-decadal scale variability with warm conditions during some periods exceeding that of the last few decades. Extracting the annual accumulation history is complicated by layer thinning at depth and to reconstruct annual layer thicknesses a Dansgaard-Johnsen model configured for flank flow was applied. The resulting record indicates that over the last 600 years the average annual mass accumulation (precipitation) rises slightly until ~1800 CE (~2.3 m w.e.) after which it declines to a minimum (~1.5 m w.e.) around 1950 CE. Accumulation then rises rapidly to its current maximum value (~2.6 m w.e.), consistent with several other ice core-derived accumulation records in the AP. The Antarctic Peninsula is characterized by a sharp west to east gradient in both atmospheric and oceanographic conditions that create a marked trans-Peninsula contrast in precipitation and to a lesser extent in winter temperature. Therefore the BP and JRI ice cores offer a unique opportunity to examine the history of regional climate conditions, including the Antarctic Dipole that influences interannual climate variability in the AP. For example, ENSO brings warmer anomalies to the western side and colder anomalies to the eastern side of the AP. These regional (west to east) climate differences are further emphasized by the virtual absence of surface melting at the BP site while a recent acceleration of snow melt is recorded in the JRI core.

  10. Little Ice Age evidence from a south-central North American ice core, U.S.A.

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    Naftz, D.L.; Klusman, R.W.; Michel, R.L.; Schuster, P.F.; Ready, M.M.; Taylor, H.E.; Yanosky, T.M.; McConnaughey, E.A.

    1996-01-01

    In the past, ice-core records from mid-latitude glaciers in alpine areas of the continental United States were considered to be poor candidates for paleoclimate records because of the influence of meltwater on isotopic stratigraphy. To evaluate the existence of reliable paleoclimatic records, a 160-m ice core, containing about 250 yr of record was obtained from Upper Fremont Glacier, at an altitude of 4000 m in the Wind River Range of south-central North America. The ??18O (SMOW) profile from the core shows a -0.95??? shift to lighter values in the interval from 101.8 to 150 m below the surface, corresponding to the latter part of the Little Ice Age (LIA). Numerous high-amplitude oscillations in the section of the core from 101.8 to 150 m cannot be explained by site-specific lateral variability and probably reflect increased seasonality or better preservation of annual signals as a result of prolonged cooler temperatures that existed in this alpine setting. An abrupt decrease in these large amplitude oscillations at the 101.8-m depth suggests a sudden termination of this period of lower temperatures which generally coincides with the termination of the LIA. Three common features in the ??18O profiles between Upper Fremont Glacier and the better dated Quelccaya Ice Cap cores indicate a global paleoclimate linkage, further supporting the first documented occurrence of the LIA in an ice-core record from a temperate glacier in south-central North America.

  11. Inferring paleo-accumulation records from ice-core data by an adjoint method: Application to James Ross Island's ice core

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    Gudmundsson, G. H.; Martin, C.; Mulvaney, R.; Corr, H. F. J.

    2014-12-01

    Ice cores contain a record of snow precipitation that includes information about past atmospheric circulation and mass imbalance in the polar regions. We present here a novel adjoint method to construct a climatic record by both optimally dating an ice-core and deriving from it a detailed accumulation history. The motivation of our work is the recent application of phase sensitive radar which measures the vertical velocity of an ice column. The velocity is dependent on the history of subsequent snow accumulation, compaction and compression; and it can be incorporated to the inverse problem in order to reduce the uncertainty introduced by ice flow modelling.We first apply our method to synthetic data in order to study its capability and the effect of noise and gaps in the data on retrieved accumulation history. The method is then applied to the ice core retrieved from James Ross Island, Antarctica. We show that the method is robust and that the results depend on quality of the age-depth observations and the derived flow regime around the core site.The method facilitates the incorporation of increasing detail provided by ice-core analysis together with observed full-depth velocity in order to construct a complete climatic record of the polar regions.

  12. Tropical Cyclones and Ice Cores: Developing a Long Term Perspective

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    Urmann, D.

    2006-12-01

    Accurate forecasts of seasonal typhoon activity in the northwestern Pacific are of critical importance to the people living in the densely populated coastal cities of east Asia. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a key component of these forecasts as past observations indicate that El Niño (La Niña) events are associated with an increase (decrease) in the proportion of typhoons striking Japan, Korea and Taiwan (The Philippines and the South China Sea). The ice core-derived ?18O record from the Quelccaya ice cap (Peru) is strongly correlated (r=0.646, p<0.001, 1856-2003) with sea surface temperatures (SST) in NINO 4, a region of the western equatorial Pacific that is a sensitive recorder of ENSO. Additionally, a direct relationship is observed between ?18O and both the mean longitude of typhoon development (r=0.59, p<.001, 1945-2003) and the number of typhoon days (r=0.59, p<.001, 1945-2003). The typhoon and ice core ?18O records exhibit patterns of decadal-scale variability that closely resemble the longer-term variations in NINO 4 SSTs (decadal NINO 4 SST variability is known as the "Decadal ENSO"). Annual values of ?18O are significantly different (p=.05) between La Niña and El Niño years suggesting that ?18O reflects not only the Decadal ENSO but also the superimposed interannual ENSO variability. ENSO-driven shifts in the SSTs and large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns may provide a physical linkage to explain the observed relationships among ?18O, SSTs and typhoon activity. The effect of the ongoing warming on ENSO is unclear, but any changes in the background frequency or intensity of ENSO events would likely affect the development of typhoons and cyclones in the Pacific as well as hurricanes in the Atlantic. The 1500-year ?18O record from Quelccaya offers a unique opportunity to examine how ENSO-driven hurricane and typhoon activity responded to large-scale climate forcing (changes) in the past and may provide a more complete perspective and better understanding that will be required to evaluate the likely effects under future climate change scenarios

  13. Climate Scientists Dig Deep Into Greenland's Ice

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    This short video, under 6 minutes, explores Greenland Ice Core data that that reveal rapid climate changes that have happened in the past. The video includes scientists discussing their research results and views of Ice core sampling.

  14. Supporting evidence from the EPICA Dronning Maud Land ice core for atmospheric CO2 changes during the past millennium

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    Urs Siegenthaler; Eric Monnin; Kenji Kawamura; Renato Spahni; Jakob Schwander; Bernhard Stauffer; Thomas F. Stocker; Jean-Marc Barnola; Hubertus Fischer

    2005-01-01

    The most direct method of investigating past variations of the atmospheric CO2 concentration before 1958, when continuous direct atmospheric CO2 measurements started, is the analysis of air extracted from suitable ice cores. Here we present a new detailed CO2 record from the Dronning Maud Land (DML) ice core, drilled in the framework of the European Project for Ice Coring in

  15. Influence of large-scale teleconnection patterns on methane sulfonate ice core records in Dronning Maud Land

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    Fischer, Hubertus

    Influence of large-scale teleconnection patterns on methane sulfonate ice core records in Dronning] Records of methane sulfonate (MSÀ ) in ice cores from the high plateau of Dronning Maud Land (DML), Influence of large-scale teleconnection patterns on methane sulfonate ice core records in Dronning Maud Land

  16. Annual layers in the Roosevelt Island (coastal Antarctica) ice core determined from conductivity and calcium measurements

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    Simonsen, Marius; Vallelonga, Paul; Kjær, Helle; Neff, Peter; Bertler, Nancy; Svensson, Anders; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Riis, Marie

    2015-04-01

    The Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) Project aims to determine the stability of the Ross Ice Shelf and thus the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in a warming world. A 764 m ice core (79.36° S, 161.71° W) was drilled in 2011-13 at the summit of the Roosevelt Island ice dome, a location surrounded by the Ross Ice Shelf. The site has high accumulation (0.26 m ice equivalent) and a mean annual temperature of -23 °C. From 2012 to 2014, continuous flow analysis (CFA) of the ice core enabled continuous measurements of conductivity, acidity, calcium and insoluble dust particle concentrations along the core. The RICE ice core features high background levels of sulphate and marine salts, due to the low altitude of the site (550 m asl) and its proximity to open ocean. At Roosevelt Island, calcium is influenced by both dust and marine salt inputs. By investigating the residual offset between conductivity and calcium, it has been possible to calculate non-sea salt conductivity and hence determine impurity layers deriving from volcanic eruptions. We present a preliminary chronology for the last 2000 years of deposition in the RICE ice core, composed of counted impurity layers and constrained by a limited number of large, well-dated volcanic eruptions.

  17. The 1500m South Pole Ice Core: Recovering a 40 Ka Environmental Record

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    Casey, Kimberly Ann; Neumann, Thomas Allen; Fudge, T. J.; Neumann, T. A.; Steig, E. J.; Cavitte, M. G. P.; Blankenship, D. D.

    2014-01-01

    Supported by the US National Science Foundation, a new 1500 m, approximately 40 ka old ice core will be recovered from South Pole during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 austral summer seasons using the new US Intermediate Depth Drill. The combination of low temperatures, relatively high accumulation rates and low impurity concentrations at South Pole will yield detailed records of ice chemistry and trace atmospheric gases. The South Pole ice core will provide a climate history record of a unique area of the East Antarctic plateau that is partly influenced by weather systems that cross the West Antarctic ice sheet. The ice at South Pole flows at approximately 10m a(exp-1) and the South Pole ice-core site is a significant distance from an ice divide. Therefore, ice recovered at depth originated progressively farther upstream of the coring site. New ground-penetrating radar collected over the drill site location shows no anthropogenic influence over the past approximately 50 years or upper 15 m. Depth-age scale modeling results show consistent and plausible annual-layer thicknesses and accumulation rate histories, indicating that no significant stratigraphic disturbances exist in the upper 1500m near the ice-core drill site.

  18. Ice Core Records of Atmospheric CO2 Around the Last Three Glacial Terminations

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    This resource gives data from an article published in Science, Vol. 283 by researchers at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Their study investigated the global carbon cycle and relation between greenhouse gases and climate in the past using air trapped in bubbles in polar ice cores. Users can access Vostok ice core data (HTML format) used in the study, showing carbon dioxide concentrations, G4 and G5 scores, and age from approximately 1105-2856 meters core depth.

  19. The design and performance of IceCube DeepCore

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    Abbasi, R.; Abdou, Y.; Abu-Zayyad, T.; Ackermann, M.; Adams, J.; Aguilar, J. A.; Ahlers, M.; Allen, M. M.; Altmann, D.; Andeen, K.; Auffenberg, J.; Bai, X.; Baker, M.; Barwick, S. W.; Bay, R.; Bazo Alba, J. L.; Beattie, K.; Beatty, J. J.; Bechet, S.; Becker, J. K.; Becker, K.-H.; Benabderrahmane, M. L.; BenZvi, S.; Berdermann, J.; Berghaus, P.; Berley, D.; Bernardini, E.; Bertrand, D.; Besson, D. Z.; Bindig, D.; Bissok, M.; Blaufuss, E.; Blumenthal, J.; Boersma, D. J.; Bohm, C.; Bose, D.; Böser, S.; Botner, O.; Brown, A. M.; Buitink, S.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Carson, M.; Chirkin, D.; Christy, B.; Clevermann, F.; Cohen, S.; Colnard, C.; Cowen, D. F.; Cruz Silva, A. H.; D'Agostino, M. V.; Danninger, M.; Daughhetee, J.; Davis, J. C.; De Clercq, C.; Degner, T.; Demirörs, L.; Descamps, F.; Desiati, P.; de Vries-Uiterweerd, G.; DeYoung, T.; Díaz-Vélez, J. C.; Dierckxsens, M.; Dreyer, J.; Dumm, J. P.; Dunkman, M.; Eisch, J.; Ellsworth, R. W.; Engdegård, O.; Euler, S.; Evenson, P. A.; Fadiran, O.; Fazely, A. R.; Fedynitch, A.; Feintzeig, J.; Feusels, T.; Filimonov, K.; Finley, C.; Fischer-Wasels, T.; Fox, B. D.; Franckowiak, A.; Franke, R.; Gaisser, T. K.; Gallagher, J.; Gerhardt, L.; Gladstone, L.; Glüsenkamp, T.; Goldschmidt, A.; Goodman, J. A.; Góra, D.; Grant, D.; Griesel, T.; Groß, A.; Grullon, S.; Gurtner, M.; Ha, C.; Haj Ismail, A.; Hallgren, A.; Halzen, F.; Han, K.; Hanson, K.; Heinen, D.; Helbing, K.; Hellauer, R.; Hickford, S.; Hill, G. C.; Hoffman, K. D.; Hoffmann, B.; Homeier, A.; Hoshina, K.; Huelsnitz, W.; Hülß, J.-P.; Hulth, P. O.; Hultqvist, K.; Hussain, S.; Ishihara, A.; Jacobi, E.; Jacobsen, J.; Japaridze, G. S.; Johansson, H.; Kampert, K.-H.; Kappes, A.; Karg, T.; Karle, A.; Kenny, P.; Kiryluk, J.; Kislat, F.; Klein, S. R.; Köhne, J.-H.; Kohnen, G.; Kolanoski, H.; Köpke, L.; Koskinen, D. J.; Kowalski, M.; Kowarik, T.; Krasberg, M.; Kroll, G.; Kurahashi, N.; Kuwabara, T.; Labare, M.; Laihem, K.; Landsman, H.; Larson, M. J.; Lauer, R.; Lünemann, J.; Madsen, J.; Marotta, A.; Maruyama, R.; Mase, K.; Matis, H. S.; Meagher, K.; Merck, M.; Mészáros, P.; Meures, T.; Miarecki, S.; Middell, E.; Milke, N.; Miller, J.; Montaruli, T.; Morse, R.; Movit, S. M.; Nahnhauer, R.; Nam, J. W.; Naumann, U.; Nygren, D. R.; Odrowski, S.; Olivas, A.; Olivo, M.; O'Murchadha, A.; Panknin, S.; Paul, L.; Pérez de los Heros, C.; Petrovic, J.; Piegsa, A.; Pieloth, D.; Porrata, R.; Posselt, J.; Price, P. B.; Przybylski, G. T.; Rawlins, K.; Redl, P.; Resconi, E.; Rhode, W.; Ribordy, M.; Richman, M.; Rodrigues, J. P.; Rothmaier, F.; Rott, C.; Ruhe, T.; Rutledge, D.; Ruzybayev, B.; Ryckbosch, D.; Sander, H.-G.; Santander, M.; Sarkar, S.; Schatto, K.; Schmidt, T.; Schönwald, A.; Schukraft, A.; Schultes, A.; Schulz, O.; Schunck, M.; Seckel, D.; Semburg, B.; Seo, S. H.; Sestayo, Y.; Seunarine, S.; Silvestri, A.; Spiczak, G. M.; Spiering, C.; Stamatikos, M.; Stanev, T.; Stezelberger, T.; Stokstad, R. G.; Stößl, A.; Strahler, E. A.; Ström, R.; Stüer, M.; Sullivan, G. W.; Swillens, Q.; Taavola, H.; Taboada, I.; Tamburro, A.; Tepe, A.; Ter-Antonyan, S.; Tilav, S.; Toale, P. A.; Toscano, S.; Tosi, D.; van Eijndhoven, N.; Vandenbroucke, J.; Van Overloop, A.; van Santen, J.; Vehring, M.; Voge, M.; Walck, C.; Waldenmaier, T.; Wallraff, M.; Walter, M.; Weaver, Ch.; Wendt, C.; Westerhoff, S.; Whitehorn, N.; Wiebe, K.; Wiebusch, C. H.; Williams, D. R.; Wischnewski, R.; Wissing, H.; Wolf, M.; Wood, T. R.; Woschnagg, K.; Xu, C.; Xu, D. L.; Xu, X. W.; Yanez, J. P.; Yodh, G.; Yoshida, S.; Zarzhitsky, P.; Zoll, M.

    2012-05-01

    The IceCube neutrino observatory in operation at the South Pole, Antarctica, comprises three distinct components: a large buried array for ultrahigh energy neutrino detection, a surface air shower array, and a new buried component called DeepCore. DeepCore was designed to lower the IceCube neutrino energy threshold by over an order of magnitude, to energies as low as about 10 GeV. DeepCore is situated primarily 2100 m below the surface of the icecap at the South Pole, at the bottom center of the existing IceCube array, and began taking physics data in May 2010. Its location takes advantage of the exceptionally clear ice at those depths and allows it to use the surrounding IceCube detector as a highly efficient active veto against the principal background of downward-going muons produced in cosmic-ray air showers. DeepCore has a module density roughly five times higher than that of the standard IceCube array, and uses photomultiplier tubes with a new photocathode featuring a quantum efficiency about 35% higher than standard IceCube PMTs. Taken together, these features of DeepCore will increase IceCube's sensitivity to neutrinos from WIMP dark matter annihilations, atmospheric neutrino oscillations, galactic supernova neutrinos, and point sources of neutrinos in the northern and southern skies. In this paper we describe the design and initial performance of DeepCore.

  20. The Design and Performance of IceCube DeepCore

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    Stamatikos, M.

    2012-01-01

    The IceCube neutrino observatory in operation at the South Pole, Antarctica, comprises three distinct components: a large buried array for ultrahigh energy neutrino detection, a surface air shower array, and a new buried component called DeepCore. DeepCore was designed to lower the IceCube neutrino energy threshold by over an order of magnitude, to energies as low as about 10 GeV. DeepCore is situated primarily 2100 m below the surface of the icecap at the South Pole, at the bottom center of the existing IceCube array, and began taking pbysics data in May 2010. Its location takes advantage of the exceptionally clear ice at those depths and allows it to use the surrounding IceCube detector as a highly efficient active veto against the principal background of downward-going muons produced in cosmic-ray air showers. DeepCore has a module density roughly five times higher than that of the standard IceCube array, and uses photomultiplier tubes with a new photocathode featuring a quantum efficiency about 35% higher than standard IceCube PMTs. Taken together, these features of DeepCore will increase IceCube's sensitivity to neutrinos from WIMP dark matter annihilations, atmospheric neutrino oscillations, galactic supernova neutrinos, and point sources of neutrinos in the northern and southern skies. In this paper we describe the design and initial performance of DeepCore.

  1. The 1500m South Pole Ice Core: Recovering a 40,000 year environmental record

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Neumann, T.; Casey, K.; Fudge, T. J.; Steig, E. J.; Saltzman, E. S.; Aydin, M.; Twickler, M.; Souney, J. M., Jr.

    2014-12-01

    The stable-isotope, aerosol and atmospheric gas records in ice cores provide exceptional archives of past climate. Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, a new 1500 m, approximately 40,000 year old ice core will be recovered from South Pole during the current 2014-2015 austral summer season (to ~ 700 m) and next 2015-2016 austral summer season (~ 700 m to 1500 m) using the new U.S. Intermediate Depth Drill. The combination of low temperature, relatively high accumulation rate, and low impurity concentrations at South Pole will yield a detailed record of atmospheric trace gases. The South Pole ice core will also provide a record of the climate history of a unique area of the East Antarctic plateau that is partly influenced by weather systems that cross the West Antarctic ice sheet. The South Pole ice core site is at a flank site where the ice flows at approximately 10 m/yr. The ice core recovered originated as snow at progressively greater distances from the coring site. New ground-penetrating radar collected over the drill site location shows no anthropogenic influence over the past ~50 years or upper 15 m. In this submission, we describe the climate and glaciologic setting of the South Pole, and the details of the ultimate coring site.

  2. Origin and characterisation of microparticles in an ice core from the Central Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. M. Laluraj; K. P. Krishnan; M. Thamban; R. Mohan; S. S. Naik; W. D’Souza; R. Ravindra; A. Chaturvedi

    2009-01-01

    The scanning electron microscopy–energy dispersive spectroscopic (SEM–EDS) study of selected samples from an ice core collected\\u000a from Central Dronning Maud Land (CDML), East Antarctica, revealed several microparticles. They are mainly siliceous and carbonaceous\\u000a particles and have distinct variations in their shape and composition. The morphology and major element chemistry of the particles\\u000a suggest their origin from either volcanic eruptions or

  3. Atmospheric decadal variability from high-resolution Dome C ice core records of aerosol constituents beyond the Last Interglacial

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    Matthias Bigler; Regine Röthlisberger; Fabrice Lambert; Eric W. Wolff; Emiliano Castellano; Roberto Udisti; Thomas F. Stocker; Hubertus Fischer

    2010-01-01

    Along the EPICA Dome C ice core, we measured concentrations of different water-soluble aerosol constituents and deduced total depositional flux records. Here we present high-resolution sodium, calcium, ammonium and nitrate data covering the last 173,000years. The first three of these species are passive tracers and reveal source and long-range transport changes whereas nitrate is deposited reversibly. However, it can be

  4. Atmospheric decadal variability from high-resolution Dome C ice core records of aerosol constituents beyond the Last Interglacial

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Matthias Bigler; Regine Rothlisberger; Fabrice Lambert; Eric W. Wolff; Emiliano Castellano; Roberto Udisti; Juliane Maries; Hubertus Fischer

    2009-01-01

    Along the EPICA Dome C ice core, we measured concentrations of different water-soluble aerosol constituents and deduced total depositional flux records. Here we present high-resolution sodium, calcium, ammonium and nitrate data covering the last 173,000 years. The first three of these species are passive tracers and reveal source and long-range transport changes whereas nitrate is deposited reversibly. However, it can

  5. Asian provenance of glacial dust (stage 2) in the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 Ice Core, Summit, Greenland

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. E. Biscaye; F. E. Grousset; M. Revel; S. Van der Gaast; G. A. Zielinski; A. Vaars; G. Kukla

    1997-01-01

    Samples of dust from the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) ice core, Summit, Greenland, dated within marine isotope stage 2 (between 23,340 and 26,180 calendar years B.P.), around the time of the coldest, local, last glacial temperatures, have been analyzed to determine their provenance. To accomplish this, we have compared them with approximately coeval aeolian sediments (mostly loesses) sampled

  6. Greenland ice core ?18O records - from Camp Century to NEEM

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    Vinther, B. M.

    2012-04-01

    During the past five decades deep ice cores have been drilled at six locations on the Greenland Ice Sheet, all cores yielding records of ?18O from the past. Hence ?18O records from southern, central and north-western Greenland locations can now be interpreted. Furthermore several ?18O records from ice cores drilled on small ice caps in the vicinity of the Greenland Ice Sheet are available. An inter-comparison of the Holocene sections of the ice cores has suggested that both climate change and ice sheet elevation change played major parts in determining the millennial scale evolution of the ?18O signals seen in the records [Vinther et al. 2009]. While all glacial ?18O records show very prominent abrupt climate change in the form of Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles it is interesting to note that long term trends in glacial ?18O differ between the records. A significant part of these differences are likely to be a consequence of different elevation histories in the different areas of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the glacial period. Reference: Vinther, B.M, Buchardt, S.L., Clausen, H.B., Dahl-Jensen, D., Johnsen, S.J., Fisher, D.A., Koerner, R.M., Raynaud, D., Lipenkov, V., Andersen, K.K, Blunier, T., Rasmussen, S.O., Steffensen, J.P., Svensson, A.M., Holocene thinning of the Greenland ice sheet, Nature, 461, 385-388, 2009.

  7. Greenland ice core {open_quotes}signal{close_quotes} characteristics: An expanded view of climate change

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    Mayewski, P.A.; Meeker, L.D.; Morrison, M.C.; Twickler, M.S.; Whitlow, S.I.; Ferland, K.K. [Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States); Meese, D.A. [Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, NH (United States); Legrand, M.R. [Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de Environnement, St.-Martin-D`Heres (France); Steffensen, J.P. [Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)

    1993-07-20

    The last millenium of Earth history is of particular interest because it documents the environmental complexities of both natural variability and anthropogenic activity. The authors have analyzed the major ions contained in the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP 2) ice core from the present to {approximately}674 A.D. to yield an environmental reconstruction for this period that includes a description of nitrogen and sulfur cycling, volcanic emissions, sea salt and terrestrial influences. They have adapted and extended mathematical procedures for extracting sporadic (e.g., volcanic) events, secular trends, and periodicities found in the data sets. Finally, by not assuming that periodic components (signals) were {open_quotes}stationary{close_quotes} and by utilizing evolutionary spectral analysis, they were able to reveal periodic processes in the climate system which change in frequency, {open_quotes}turn on,{close_quotes} and {open_quotes}turn off{close_quotes} with other climate transitions such as that between the little ice age and the medieval warm period. 42 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Tree ring effects and ice core acidities clarify the volcanic record of the 1st millennium

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    Baillie, M. G. L.; McAneney, J.

    2014-04-01

    Various attempts have been made to link tree-ring and ice-core records, something vital for the understanding of the environmental response to major volcanic eruptions in the past. Here we demonstrate that, by taking note of the spacing between events, it is possible to clarify linkages between tree-response, as witnessed by frost rings in bristlecone pines from Western North America and volcanic acid deposition in ice cores. The results demonstrate that in the 6th and 7th centuries of the current era, and presumably for all earlier dates, the key European ice chronologies from the North Greenland Ice Core Project, namely Dye3, GRIP, NGRIP and NEEM appear to have been wrongly dated by 7 years, with the ice dates being too old. Similar offsets are observed for the Antarctic Law Dome and West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide WDC06A ice-core chronologies that have been linked to the Greenland record. Importantly, the results clarify which frost rings in bristlecone pines are related to volcanic activity and which may be the result of other causes. In addition, it is possible to show that ice core researchers have used inappropriate linkages to tree effects to justify their chronology.

  9. Where to find 1.5 million year old ice for the IPICS "Oldest Ice" ice core

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    Creyts, Timothy T.

    1 Where to find 1.5 million year old ice for the IPICS "Oldest Ice Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA 10 Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels that such old ice is most likely to exist in the plateau area of the East Antarctic

  10. The search for supernovae signatures in an ice core

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    Cole, Arthur Lindsey

    2002-11-01

    A simple model is developed and calculations are presented to estimate the number of grains with 26Al enhancements that could be deposited per cm2 on the Earth by a type II supernova. We describe the search for supernova grains that may possess 26Al enhancements amongst grains filtered from the Guliya ice core recovered from the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau in China. We have obtained Guliya grain samples from the epochs corresponding to ˜1 4ky samples around the time periods 25ky, 35ky, 55ky, 60ky and 68ky. Additionally we have obtained a sample spanning the time 2 10ky. The process of identifying potential supernova grains amongst their terrestrial cousins employed a procedure developed at the University of Chicago for detecting interstellar grains in meteoritic samples. We report the identification of the potential supernova grains, SiC, spinel (MgAl 2O4), hibonite (CaAl 12O19) and corundum ( Al2O3) in the samples.

  11. Combining glaciological models and tracers for understanding ice core records in Antarctica

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    Lhomme, N.; Parrenin, F.; Ritz, C.; Clarke, G. K. C.; Marshall, S. J.

    2003-04-01

    Understanding past climate over Antarctica and evaluating the isotopic composition of its large ice sheets remain challenges to elucidate for the paleoclimatologists' community. The present work combines glaciological models of various degrees of complexity to estimate these quantities from recently drilled ice cores (Vostok, Dome C, Byrd...). A 1-D deposition model and a 2-D flow model are used in inverse mode to infer a range of possible temperatures and accumulation rates encapsulated within the ice cores. The inferred climatic scenarios are then prescribed to a 3-D forward model of ice sheet dynamics and thermodynamics (Ritz et al. 2001) coupled with a particle tracking model (Clarke et al., 2002) to simulate the evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheets over four climatic cycles. The recently developed particle tracking model predicts the origin and the climatic conditions (at deposition) of all ice within an ice sheet: date, surface temperature, accumulation rate, thinning of layers, chemical properties, spatial variability of origin: elevation and position. The model is used here for two specific purposes: Firstly, the tracking model builds synthetic ice cores that can be compared to all the "real" Antarctic cores, which allows us (a) to compare modelled climatic variables to those inferred from ice core records, and to test and validate (b) the dynamics and thermodynamics of the ice sheet model and (c) the hypotheses used for the inverse 1-D and 2-D models; secondly, the tracking model predicts the average age and isotopic composition of the Antarctic Ice Sheets, an interesting quantity for the oceanographic community.

  12. A new method for geochemical characterization of atmospheric mineral dust from polar ice cores: preliminary results from Talos Dome ice core (East Antarctica, Pacific-Ross Sea sector)

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    Baccolo, Giovanni; Delmonte, Barbara; Clemenza, Massimiliano; Previtali, Ezio; Maggi, Valter

    2015-04-01

    Assessing the elemental composition of atmospheric dust entrapped in polar ice cores is important for the identification of the potential dust sources and thus for the reconstruction of past atmospheric circulation, at local, regional and global scale. Accurate determination of major and trace elements in the insoluble fraction of dust extracted from ice cores is also useful to better understand some geochemical and biogeochemical mechanisms which are linked with the climate system. The extremely reduced concentration of dust in polar ice (typical Antarctic concentrations during interglacials are in the range of 10 ppb), the limited availability of such samples and the high risk of contamination make these analyses a challenge. A new method based on low background Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) was specifically developed for this kind of samples. The method allows the determination of the concentration of up to 35 elements in extremely reduced dust samples (20-30 ?g). These elements span from major to trace and ultra-trace elements. Preliminary results from TALDICE (TALos Dome Ice CorE, East Antarctica, Pacific-Ross Sea Sector) ice core are presented along with results from potential source areas in Victoria Land. A set of 5 samples from Talos Dome, corresponding to the last termination, MIS3, MIS4 and MIS6 were prepared and analyzed by INAA.

  13. Continuous acidity measurements of the Roosevelt Island (coastal Antarctica) ice core

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    Kjær, Helle Astrid; Vallelonga, Paul; Simonsen, Marius; Bertler, Nancy; Neff, Peter; Svensson, Anders

    2015-04-01

    A novel dye-based continuous flow analysis method for the determination of acidity has been developed and applied to the Roosevelt Island ice core. The Roosevelt Island ice core (79.36° S, 161.71° W) was drilled in 2011-13 at the top of the Roosevelt Island ice dome, a location surrounded by the Ross ice shelf. The site has high accumulation; 0.26 m of ice equivalent is deposited annually allowing sub-annual determination of conductivity, calcium and acidity. The proximity to the ocean combined with the low altitude makes the RICE ice core loaded with sea salts, which dominate the conductivity signal. Similarly Ca2+, which was measured by Continuous Flow Analysis, is primarily of oceanic origin. The proximity of the ocean also leads to high background levels of acidity (primarily sulphate) which mask volcanic peaks and thus complicate the identification of tropical volcanic eruptions. Using a combined approach of high resolution acidity, melt water conductivity and calcium measurements we have succeeded in identifying more than 450 volcanic eruptions in the top 500 metres of the RICE ice core. The combination of high-resolution acidity and calcium records allow for speculation into the inverse relationship between the two, which may be related to sea ice extent in the nearby Ross and Amundsen seas. Please fill in your abstract text.

  14. Retrieving a common accumulation record from Greenland ice cores for the past 1800 years

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    K. K. Andersen; P. D. Ditlevsen; S. O. Rasmussen; H. B. Clausen; B. M. Vinther; S. J. Johnsen; J. P. Steffensen

    2006-01-01

    —————————————————————- Abstract. In the accumulation zone of the Greenland ice sheet the annual accumula- tion rate may be determined through identification of the annual cycle in the isotopic climate signal and other parameters that exhibit seasonal variations. On an annual ba- sis the accumulation rate in different Greenland ice cores is highly variable, and the de- gree of correlation between

  15. Lead isotopic compositions in the EPICA Dome C ice core and Southern Hemisphere Potential Source Areasq

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    Howat, Ian M.

    Lead isotopic compositions in the EPICA Dome C ice core and Southern Hemisphere Potential Source contri- butions from local Antarctic sources. The isotopic signature of Pb in Antarctic ice is altered-30123 Venice, Italy b Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University of Technology, GPO

  16. Visual-Stratigraphic Dating of the GISP2 Ice Core: Basis, Reproducibility, and Application

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    Alley, R. B.; Shuman, C. A.; Meese, D. A.; Gow, A. J.; Taylor, K. C.; Cuffey, K. M.; Fitzpatrick, J. J.; Grootes, P. M.; Zielinski, G. A.; Ram, M.; Spinelli, G.; Elder, B.

    1997-01-01

    Annual layers are visible in the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 ice core from central Greenland, allowing rapid dating of the core. Changes in bubble and grain structure caused by near-surface, primarily summertime formation of hoar complexes provide the main visible annual marker in the Holocene, and changes in "cloudiness" of the ice correlated with dustiness mark Wisconsinan annual cycles; both markers are evident and have been intercalibrated in early Holocene ice. Layer counts are reproducible between different workers and for one worker at different times, with 1% error over century-length times in the Holocene. Reproducibility is typically 5% in Wisconsinan ice-age ice and decreases with increasing age and depth. Cumulative ages from visible stratigraphy are not significantly different from independent ages of prominent events for ice older than the historical record and younger than approximately 50,000 years. Visible observations are not greatly degraded by "brittle ice" or many other core-quality problems, allowing construction of long, consistently sampled time series. High accuracy requires careful study of the core by dedicated observers.

  17. The deuterium excess records of EPICA Dome C and Dronning Maud Land ice cores (East Antarctica)

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    Fischer, Hubertus

    The deuterium excess records of EPICA Dome C and Dronning Maud Land ice cores (East Antarctica) B in Dronning Maud Land (EDML) and Dome C (EDC) are presented here. The main moisture sources for precipitation

  18. Carbonyl sulfide hydrolysis in polar ice cores and the feasibility of recovering a paleoatmospheric history

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    Nicewonger, M. R.; Aydin, K. M.; Saltzman, E. S.; Fudge, T. J.; Waddington, E. D.; Verhulst, K. R.

    2012-12-01

    Carbonyl sulfide (COS) is the most abundant sulfur gas in the atmosphere with a current tropospheric mean level of 484 parts per trillion [Montzka et al., 2007]. The major sources of COS are biomass burning, oceanic emissions of COS, and the atmospheric oxidation of precursor sulfur compounds CS2 and DMS emitted from the oceans and soils. The major losses of atmospheric COS are uptake by vegetation and soil. The uptake of COS by terrestrial vegetation provides a link between the global budget of COS and the carbon cycle. We measured COS in polar ice cores from four Antarctic sites: Taylor Dome, Siple Dome, South Pole, and West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide. The COS samples ranged in age from 0.2-42 ky BP. There are large differences between the measurements from the various sites during overlapping time periods. COS levels in ice from the warmer sites (Siple Dome and WAIS-D) are considerably lower than those from the colder sites (Taylor Dome and South Pole). This result suggests that the difference reflects COS loss to hydrolysis within the ice core bubbles. The kinetics of COS hydrolysis in aqueous solution have been studied, but there is no information about reaction rates in ice. A 1-dimensional heat and ice flow model was used to determine the temperature history for each ice core sample. Assuming a pseudo-first order Arrhenius rate equation for COS loss in ice, we can correct each ice core sample for post-depositional COS loss. The temperature histories are used with an objective minimization algorithm to determine the optimal kinetic parameters for COS loss to obtain agreement between ice core measurements from different sites. The results indicate that the ice core data from all sites can be reconciled with a single COS atmospheric history. The uncertainty in this history becomes large in warm ice at longer time scales. This study suggests that reconstructing paleoatmospheric COS will require measurements in ice cores from sites with cold surface temperatures and large ice sheet thickness.

  19. A new Greenland ice core chronology for the last glacial termination

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    S. O. Rasmussen; K. K. Andersen; A. M. Svensson; J. P. Steffensen; B. M. Vinther; H. B. Clausen; M.-L. Siggaard-Andersen; S. J. Johnsen; L. B. Larsen; D. Dahl-Jensen; M. Bigler; R. Röthlisberger; H. Fischer; K. Goto-Azuma; M. E. Hansson; U. Ruth

    2006-01-01

    We present a new common stratigraphic timescale for the North Greenland Ice Core Project (NGRIP) and GRIP ice cores. The timescale covers the period 7.9-14.8 kyr before present and includes the Bølling, Allerød, Younger Dryas, and early Holocene periods. We use a combination of new and previously published data, the most prominent being new high-resolution Continuous Flow Analysis (CFA) impurity

  20. Modeling production and climate-related impacts on 10Be concentration in ice cores

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    Christy V. Field; Gavin A. Schmidt; Dorothy Koch; Colette Salyk

    2006-01-01

    The connection between the production of the cosmogenic isotope 10Be and changes in heliomagnetic activity makes ice core 10Be an attractive proxy for studying changes in solar output. However, interpreting 10Be ice core records on centennial timescales is complicated by potential climate-related deposition changes that could obscure the 10Be production signal. By using the Goddard Institute for Space Studies ModelE

  1. SOLUBILITY OF WATER ICE IN METALLIC HYDROGEN: CONSEQUENCES FOR CORE EROSION IN GAS GIANT PLANETS

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    Wilson, H. F.; Militzer, B. [Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2012-01-20

    Using ab initio simulations we investigate whether water ice is stable in the cores of giant planets, or whether it dissolves into the layer of metallic hydrogen above. By Gibbs free energy calculations we find that for pressures between 10 and 40 Mbar the ice-hydrogen interface is thermodynamically unstable at temperatures above approximately 3000 K, far below the temperature of the core-mantle boundaries in Jupiter and Saturn. This implies that the dissolution of core material into the fluid layers of giant planets is thermodynamically favored, and that further modeling of the extent of core erosion is warranted.

  2. International Partnerships in Ice Coring Sciences (IPICS) and the IPICS-IPY Initiative

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    Brook, E. J.; Wolff, E.

    2005-12-01

    Ice-core studies have revolutionized our view of the Earth system, documenting the recent rise of greenhouse gas concentrations beyond historical norms, the existence of abrupt climate changes, and the tight coupling in the past of climate and greenhouse gas concentrations. International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) is a group of scientists, engineers and logistics experts from the leading laboratories and national operators carrying out ice core science, charged with planning the next decade or more of international ice coring efforts. IPICS has identified four new priority programs: 1. A 1.2+ million year ice core from east Antarctica. This record of climate and greenhouse gases would address the nature and origin of the mid-Pleistocene transition from 41 ka to 100 ka climate cycles, and the role of the atmosphere in that transition. 2. The North Greenland Eemian ice core (NEEM). This core is planned for Northwest Greenland, at a site with a high priority of recovering a full record of the last interglacial period, which is lacking in all other ice cores from Greenland. 3. A network of ice cores from both hemispheres documenting the sequence of events from the last glacial maximum to the present. The few existing cores that span this time period are not sufficient to document spatial variations in the transition. The new network will include existing and new records and provide fingerprints of climate change mechanisms. 4. A network of ice core climate records for the last millennia, also from both hemispheres, and from high and low latitudes. The polar regions are poorly represented in global climate reconstructions for this period. A new network of ice core records covering this time period will provide a more quantitative context with which to view current environmental change in these regions. The IPICS-IPY Initiative has identified key elements of the above programs that can start in IPY, including survey work for the 1.2+ million year record, initiation of NEEM drilling, completion of planned projects in Antarctica that penetrate the last glacial maximum (WAIS Divide, Talos Dome), extension of ITASE to 1000 year records, and SOFIA (Search for Oldest Firn Interstitial Air).

  3. Glacial/interglacial changes in the isotopes of nitrate from the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) ice core

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    Hastings, Meredith G.; Sigman, Daniel M.; Steig, Eric J.

    2005-12-01

    The 15N/14N and 18O/16O ratios of nitrate in the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) (Summit, Greenland) ice core are much higher in ice from the last glacial period than in the pre-industrial Holocene, despite the lack of a significant glacial/interglacial change in nitrate concentration. While both the 15N/14N and 18O/16O records are anticorrelated with snow accumulation rate, neither is satisfactorily explained by accumulation changes or post-depositional processes. The similarity in the glacial/interglacial change in 15N/14N from several different Greenland ice cores and the large amplitude of this change relative to observed seasonal variation raise the possibility that the isotopes of nitrate in ice cores indicate a large-scale glacial/interglacial change in the isotopic composition of atmospheric NOx. The glacial/interglacial change in 18O/16O is best explained by a greater contribution of HNO3 production from hydrolysis of N2O5, which has implications for reconstruction of past atmospheric oxidant levels. Although isotope effects associated with NOx photochemistry and nitrate scavenging have not been fully characterized, the 15N/14N data may indicate glacial/interglacial changes in the relative contributions from different natural sources of NOx on a hemispheric or global scale.

  4. Accumulation Reconstruction from a 270 Year Ice Core Retrieved from the Gorshkov Crater Glacier, Ushkovsky Ice Cap, Kamchatka

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    Greve, R.; Sato, T.; Shiraiwa, T.; Zwinger, T.; Seddik, H.

    2009-12-01

    An ice core of 211.7 m length was retrieved in June 1998 from the Gorshkov crater glacier on the top of Ushkovsky volcano (3903 m), situated in the central part of Kamchatka Peninsula. It is the first ice core drilled in Eastern Siberia, or the western part of the North Pacific region, respectively. Past accumulation rates are reconstructed by using dating results of the core and correcting for layer thinning of the ice. For the latter, two different flow models have been applied to the Gorshkov crater glacier (Salamatin et al., 2000; Zwinger et al., 2007). The two models consider different methods to derive past accumulation rates. One is a Lagrangian-type method which is used in the flowline model by Salamatin et al. (2000). The other is a Eulerian-type method which is used in the three-dimensional full-Stokes model by Zwinger et al. (2007). The results of the accumulation reconstruction show that the ice at 140 m depth thins by a factor ~2 of water equivalent depth in the Zwinger et al. (2007) model and by a factor ~1.5 in the Salamatin et al. (2000) model. Accumulation rates have been stable or show a slight increasing trend over the last 270 years, and amplitudes of inter-annual accumulation changes during the Little Ice Age were higher than today.

  5. High resolution measurements of carbon monoxide along a late Holocene Greenland ice core: evidence for in-situ production

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    Faïn, X.; Chappellaz, J.; Rhodes, R. H.; Stowasser, C.; Blunier, T.; McConnell, J. R.; Brook, E. J.; Preunkert, S.; Legrand, M.; Desbois, T.; Romanini, D.

    2013-05-01

    We present high-resolution measurements of carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations from continuous analysis of a shallow ice core from the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling project (NEEM-2011-S1). An Optical Feedback - Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectrometer (OF-CEAS) was coupled to a continuous melter system during a 4-week laboratory-based measurement campaign. This analytical setup generates highly stable measurements of CO concentrations with an external precision of 7.8 ppbv (1 sigma) based on a comparison of replicate cores. The NEEM-2011-S1 CO record spans 1800 yr and exhibits highly variable concentrations at the scale of annual layers, ranging from 75 to 1327 ppbv. The most recent section of this record (i.e. since 1700 AD) agrees with existing discrete CO measurements from the Eurocore ice core and the deep NEEM firn. However, it is difficult to interpret in terms of atmospheric CO variation due to high frequency, high amplitude spikes in the data. 68% of the elevated CO spikes are observed in ice layers enriched with pyrogenic aerosols. Such aerosols, originating from boreal biomass burning emissions, contain organic compounds, which can be oxidized or photodissociated to produce CO in-situ. We suggest that elevated CO concentration features could present a new integrative proxy for past biomass burning history. Furthermore, the NEEM-2011-S1 record reveals an increase in baseline CO level prior to 1700 AD (129 m depth), with the concentration remaining high even for ice layers depleted in dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Overall, the processes driving in-situ production of CO within the NEEM ice are complex and may involve multiple chemical pathways.

  6. 27 m of lake ice on an Antarctic lake reveals past hydrologic variability

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    Dugan, H. A.; Doran, P. T.; Wagner, B.; Kenig, F.; Fritsen, C. H.; Arcone, S.; Kuhn, E.; Ostrom, N. E.; Warnock, J.; Murray, A. E.

    2014-07-01

    Lake Vida, located in Victoria Valley, is one of the largest lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Unlike other lakes in the region, the surface ice extends at least 27 m, which has created an extreme and unique habitat by isolating a liquid-brine with salinity of 195 g L-1. Below 21 m, the ice is marked by well-sorted sand layers up to 20 cm thick, within a matrix of salty ice. From ice chemistry, isotopic abundances of 18O and 2H, ground penetrating radar profiles, and mineralogy, we conclude that the entire 27 m of ice formed from surface runoff, and the sediment layers represent the accumulation of fluvial and aeolian deposits. Radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence dating limit the maximum age of the lower ice to 6300 14C yr BP. As the ice cover ablated downwards during periods of low surface inflow, progressive accumulation of sediment layers insulated and preserved the ice and brine beneath; analogous to the processes that preserve shallow ground ice. The repetition of these sediment layers reveals climatic variability in Victoria Valley during the mid- to late Holocene. Lake Vida is an excellent Mars analog for understanding the preservation of subsurface brine, ice and sediment in a cold desert environment.

  7. High-resolution variations in size, number and arrangement of air bubbles in the EPICA DML (Antarctica) ice core

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    Garbe, Christoph S.

    are more numerous but smaller than bubbles formed during warm periods. Spencer and others (2006) developed- lation, that are used in ice-core dating, proxy modelling and ice-sheet flow simulations. As a result. Lipenkov (2000) observed that bubbles formed in cold periods in the Vostok (East Antarctica) ice core

  8. Recent North West Greenland climate variability documented by NEEM shallow ice cores

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    Masson-Delmotte, Valérie; Steen-Larsen, Hans-Christian; Popp, Trevor; Vinther, Bo; Oerter, Hans; Ortega, Pablo; White, Jim; Orsi, Anais; Falourd, Sonia; Minster, Benedicte; Jouzel, Jean; Landais, Amaelle; Risi, Camille; Werner, Martin; Swingedouw, Didier; Fettweis, Xavier; Gallée, Hubert; Sveinbjornsdottir, Arny; Gudlaugsdottir, Hera; Box, Jason

    2014-05-01

    Short water stable isotope records obtained from NEEM ice cores (North West Greenland) have been shown to be sensitive to NW Greenland temperature variations, and sea-ice extent in the Baffin Bay area (Steen-Larsen et al, JGR, 2011), with maximum snowfall deposition during summer, therefore providing information complementary to other Greenland ice core records. At the NEEM deep drilling camp, several snow pits and shallow ice cores have been retrieved and analysed at high resolution (seasonal to annual) for water stable isotopes using mass spectrometry and laser instruments in order to document recent climate variability, complementing and facilitating the interpretation of the long records obtained from the deep ice core which extends back to the last interglacial period (NEEM, Nature, 2013). The different pits and shallow ice core records allow to document the signal to noise ratio and to produce a robust stack back to 1750, and up to 2011. The stack record of annual mean d18O depicts a recent isotopic enrichment in parallel with the Greenland warming inferred from coastal weather stations, and shows that many features of decadal variations are in fact well captured by the low resolution profiles measured along the deep ice core data. Recent variations can therefore be compared to long-term trends and centennial variations of the last Holocene, documented at about 5 year resolution. For the past decades to centuries, the NEEM isotopic records are compared with estimations and simulations of local temperature for different seasons, results from NEEM borehole temperature inversions, d18O records from other Greenland ice cores, large scale modes of variability (NAO and AMO) and with simulations from atmospheric general circulation models equiped with water stable isotopes.

  9. Ice Core Evidence of Recent Changes in Summer Melt Intensity of the Southern Greenland Ice Sheet

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    S. B. Das; M. A. Fahnestock; J. McConnell; E. Hanna; K. Steffen; J. E. Box

    2004-01-01

    Knowledge of past Greenland Ice Sheet surface melting extent and intensity, and associated climatic controls, is critical to understanding the current and future mass balance of the ice sheet. Surface melting is greatest along the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet, but leaves no simple record of past patterns or intensity at low elevations. This makes it difficult to place

  10. Methanesulphonic acid (MSA) stratigraphy from a Talos Dome ice core as a tool in depicting sea ice changes and southern atmospheric circulation over the previous 140 years

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    Silvia Becagli; Emiliano Castellano; Omar Cerri; Mark Curran; Massimo Frezzotti; Federica Marino; Andrea Morganti; Marco Proposito; Mirko Severi; Rita Traversi; Roberto Udisti

    2009-01-01

    Firn core methanesulphonic acid (MSA) stratigraphy from Talos Dome (East Antarctica) was compared with anomalies of the satellite-measured sea ice extent (1973–1995) in the Ross Sea and Wilkes Land oceanic sector. In spite of the sparseness of sea ice data, the MSA maxima fit with many positive sea ice anomalies in the Ross Sea. This evidence suggests that marine biogenic

  11. Methanesulphonic acid from Talos Dome ice core as a marker of past periodicity of Ross Sea ice extent and southern hemisphere atmospheric circulation mode

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Becagli; E. Castellano; M. Curran; D. Manganelli; F. Marino; A. Morganti; M. Proposito; M. Severi; R. Traversi; R. Udisti

    2009-01-01

    This work contributes to the understanding of variation in methanesulphonic (MSA) concentration in an ice core drilled during the 1996-97 Antarctic Campaign at the coastal plateau site of Talos Dome (East Antarctica) as function of sea ice extent in Ross Sea sector and southern hemisphere atmospheric circulation mode. Unperturbed stratigraphy and high ice thickness make Talos Dome a promising site

  12. Ice-Rafted Detritus as a Climatic Indicator in Antarctic Deep-Sea Cores.

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    Conolly, J R; Ewing, M

    1965-12-31

    Ice-rafted detritus is readily identified in sediment cores raised from the deep ocean floor around Antarctica. A few cores have reached a depth below which no ice-rafted material is found. This depth is interpreted as indicating the establishment of earliest Pleistocene glaciation in the Southern Hemisphere. It is just below a depth where there is a change in assemblages of Radiolaria which Hays associates with the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary. The presence of ice-rafted material throughout the upper zone in cores taken south of the Polar Front indicates continuity of glaciation in Antarctica. Further north, near 45 degrees S in the Argentine Basin, zonation of the ice-rafted detritus can be used to delineate glacial stages of the Pleistocene. PMID:17841978

  13. Initial results from geophysical surveys and shallow coring of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS)

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    Vallelonga, P.; Christianson, K.; Alley, R. B.; Anandakrishnan, S.; Christian, J. E. M.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Gkinis, V.; Holme, C.; Jacobel, R. W.; Karlsson, N.; Keisling, B. A.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Kjær, H. A.; Kristensen, M. E. L.; Muto, A.; Peters, L. E.; Popp, T.; Riverman, K. L.; Svensson, A. M.; Tibuleac, C.; Vinther, B. M.; Weng, Y.; Winstrup, M.

    2014-01-01

    The Northeast Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS) is the sole interior Greenlandic ice stream. Fast flow initiates near the summit dome, and the ice stream terminates approximately 1000 km downstream in three large outlet glaciers that calve into the Greenland Sea. To better understand this important system, in the summer of 2012 we drilled a 67 m firn core and conducted ground-based radio-echo sounding (RES) and active-source seismic surveys at a site approximately 150 km downstream from the onset of streaming flow (NEGIS firn core, 75° 37.61' N, 35°56.49' W). The site is representative of the upper part of the ice stream, while also being in a crevasse-free area for safe surface operations. Annual cycles were observed for insoluble dust, sodium and ammonium concentrations and for electrolytic conductivity, allowing a seasonally resolved chronology covering the past 400 yr. Annual layer thicknesses averaged 0.11 m ice equivalent (i.e.) for the period 1607-2011, although accumulation varied between 0.08 and 0.14 m i.e., likely due to flow-related changes in surface topography. Tracing of RES layers from the NGRIP ice core site shows that the ice at NEGIS preserves a climatic record of at least the past 51 kyr. We demonstrate that a deep ice core drilling in this location can provide a reliable Holocene and late-glacial climate record, as well as helping to constrain the past dynamics and ice-lithosphere interactions of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  14. Laser altimetry reveals complex pattern of Greenland Ice Sheet dynamics.

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    Csatho, Beata M; Schenk, Anton F; van der Veen, Cornelis J; Babonis, Gregory; Duncan, Kyle; Rezvanbehbahani, Soroush; van den Broeke, Michiel R; Simonsen, Sebastian B; Nagarajan, Sudhagar; van Angelen, Jan H

    2014-12-30

    We present a new record of ice thickness change, reconstructed at nearly 100,000 sites on the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) from laser altimetry measurements spanning the period 1993-2012, partitioned into changes due to surface mass balance (SMB) and ice dynamics. We estimate a mean annual GrIS mass loss of 243 ± 18 Gt ? y(-1), equivalent to 0.68 mm ? y(-1) sea level rise (SLR) for 2003-2009. Dynamic thinning contributed 48%, with the largest rates occurring in 2004-2006, followed by a gradual decrease balanced by accelerating SMB loss. The spatial pattern of dynamic mass loss changed over this time as dynamic thinning rapidly decreased in southeast Greenland but slowly increased in the southwest, north, and northeast regions. Most outlet glaciers have been thinning during the last two decades, interrupted by episodes of decreasing thinning or even thickening. Dynamics of the major outlet glaciers dominated the mass loss from larger drainage basins, and simultaneous changes over distances up to 500 km are detected, indicating climate control. However, the intricate spatiotemporal pattern of dynamic thickness change suggests that, regardless of the forcing responsible for initial glacier acceleration and thinning, the response of individual glaciers is modulated by local conditions. Recent projections of dynamic contributions from the entire GrIS to SLR have been based on the extrapolation of four major outlet glaciers. Considering the observed complexity, we question how well these four glaciers represent all of Greenland's outlet glaciers. PMID:25512537

  15. Fire in ice: two millennia of Northern Hemisphere fire history from the Greenland NEEM ice core

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    Zennaro, P.; Kehrwald, N.; McConnell, J. R.; Schüpbach, S.; Maselli, O.; Marlon, J.; Vallelonga, P.; Leuenberger, D.; Zangrando, R.; Spolaor, A.; Borrotti, M.; Barbaro, E.; Gambaro, A.; Barbante, C.

    2014-02-01

    Biomass burning is a major source of greenhouse gases and influences regional to global climate. Pre-industrial fire-history records from black carbon, charcoal and other proxies provide baseline estimates of biomass burning at local to global scales, but there remains a need for broad-scale fire proxies that span millennia in order to understand the role of fire in the carbon cycle and climate system. We use the specific biomarker levoglucosan, and multi-source black carbon and ammonium concentrations to reconstruct fire activity from the North Greenland Eemian (NEEM) ice cores (77.49° N; 51.2° W, 2480 m a.s.l.) over the past 2000 years. Increases in boreal fire activity (1000-1300 CE and 1500-1700 CE) over multi-decadal timescales coincide with the most extensive central and northern Asian droughts of the past two millennia. The NEEM biomass burning tracers coincide with temperature changes throughout much of the past 2000 years except for during the extreme droughts, when precipitation changes are the dominant factor. Many of these multi-annual droughts are caused by monsoon failures, thus suggesting a connection between low and high latitude climate processes. North America is a primary source of biomass burning aerosols due to its relative proximity to the NEEM camp. During major fire events, however, isotopic analyses of dust, back-trajectories and links with levoglucosan peaks and regional drought reconstructions suggest that Siberia is also an important source of pyrogenic aerosols to Greenland.

  16. Orbital tuning of deep ice cores using O2/N2 of trapped air

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    Kawamura, K.; Aoki, S.; Nakazawa, T.

    2014-12-01

    The chronology of the first Dome Fuji deep ice core (80,000-340,000 yr BP) was established by orbital tuning of measured O2/N2 ratios in trapped air to the past local summer insolation at the drill site (Kawamura et al., 2007). The O2/N2 ratios found in ice cores are generally lower than atmospheric ratio because of size-dependent molecular fractionation during bubble close-off. The magnitude of this gas fractionation appears to be influenced by snow metamorphism when the layer was originally at the surface, which in turn is controlled by local summer insolation (Fujita et al., 2009). The O2/N2 record has little 100,000-yr periodicity (strongest in climatic records), suggesting insignificant climatic influence in the orbital tuning. Agreement of the O2/N2 chronology with U-Th radiometric chronology of speleothems (within ~2000 yr) suggests that O2/N2 and summer insolation are indeed in phase. However, it may not be common to all ice cores that O2/N2 signal only records local summer insolation. For example, the GISP2 ice core (Greenland) has clear imprint of abrupt climate changes in the O2/N2 record, indicating climatic (non-insolation) signal in the record and the possibility of phase variability of O2/N2 relative to the past insolation (Suwa and Bender, 2008). Here we present new O2/N2 record from the second Dome Fuji ice core with significant improvements in ice core storage practice and mass spectrometry. In particular, the ice core had been stored at about -50 ?C until the air extraction except during transportations, which prevent fractionation due to gas loss during the core storage. The precision of the new O2/N2 data set is improved by a factor of 3 over the previous data, and we do not observe outliers (there were 15% outliers in the previous data). Clear imprint of local insolation is recognizable in the new O2/N2, which would enable us to generate a chronology with accuracy of ~2000 yr towards older periods. Samples from the first core after long storage (>10 yr) at -25 ?C and -50 ?C were measured as well, and the data show clear dependence of O2/N2 depletion on the storage temperature. We also plan to measure the NEEM ice core (Greenland) for the Eemian and the last glacial period in order to investigate the feasibility of O2/N2 tuning for the Greenland ice cores.

  17. Influence of regional precipitation patterns on stable isotopes in ice cores from the central Himalayas

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    Pang, H.; Hou, S.; Kaspari, S.; Mayewski, P. A.

    2014-02-01

    Several ice cores have been recovered from the Dasuopu (DSP) Glacier and the East Rongbuk (ER) Glacier in the central Himalayas since the 1990s. Although the distance between the DSP and the ER ice core drilling sites is only ~ 125 km, the stable isotopic record (?18O or ?D) of the DSP core is interpreted in previous studies as a temperature proxy, while the ER core is interpreted as a precipitation proxy. Thus, the climatological significance of the stable isotopic records of these Himalayan ice cores remains a subject of debate. Based on analysis of regional precipitation patterns over the region, we find that remarkable discrepancy in precipitation seasonality between the two sites may account for their disparate isotopic interpretations. At the ER core site, the Indian summer monsoon (ISM) precipitation is dominating due to topographic blocking of the moisture from westerlies by the high ridges of Mt. Qomolangma (Everest), which results in a negative correlation between the ER ?18O or ?D record and precipitation amount along the southern slope of the central Himalayas in response to the "amount effect". At the DSP core site, in comparison with the ISM precipitation, the wintertime precipitation associated with the westerlies is likely more important owing to its local favorable topographic conditions for interacting with the western disturbances. Therefore, the DSP stable isotopic record may be primarily controlled by the westerlies. Our results have important implications for interpreting the stable isotopic ice core records recovered from different climatological regimes of the Himalayas.

  18. Ice cores drilled from lake and ocean floors, continents, and ice sheets provide geoscientists with the most extensive and accurate picture of the earth!s

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    Johnson, Andrew

    zer Ice cores drilled from lake and ocean floors, continents, and ice sheets provide geoscientists with the most extensive and accurate picture of the earth!s climate history. For decades, these stratigraphic records have been locked in core repositories around the world. Now, aided by modern information

  19. Synchronisation of the EDML and EDC ice cores for the last 52 kyr by volcanic signature matching

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    M. Severi; S. Becagli; E. Castellano; A. Morganti; R. Traversi; R. Udisti; U. Ruth; H. Fischer; P. Huybrechts; E. Wolff; F. Parrenin; P. Kaufmann; F. Lambert; J. P. Steffensen

    2007-01-01

    A common time scale for the EPICA ice cores from Dome C (EDC) and Dronning Maud Land (EDML) has been established. Since the EDML core was not drilled on a dome, the development of the EDML1 time scale for the EPICA ice core drilled in Dronning Maud Land was based on the creation of a detailed stratigraphic link between EDML

  20. Laser altimetry reveals complex pattern of Greenland Ice Sheet dynamics

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    Csatho, Beata M.; Schenk, Anton F.; van der Veen, Cornelis J.; Babonis, Gregory; Duncan, Kyle; Rezvanbehbahani, Soroush; van den Broeke, Michiel R.; Simonsen, Sebastian B.; Nagarajan, Sudhagar; van Angelen, Jan H.

    2014-01-01

    We present a new record of ice thickness change, reconstructed at nearly 100,000 sites on the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) from laser altimetry measurements spanning the period 1993–2012, partitioned into changes due to surface mass balance (SMB) and ice dynamics. We estimate a mean annual GrIS mass loss of 243 ± 18 Gt?y?1, equivalent to 0.68 mm?y?1 sea level rise (SLR) for 2003–2009. Dynamic thinning contributed 48%, with the largest rates occurring in 2004–2006, followed by a gradual decrease balanced by accelerating SMB loss. The spatial pattern of dynamic mass loss changed over this time as dynamic thinning rapidly decreased in southeast Greenland but slowly increased in the southwest, north, and northeast regions. Most outlet glaciers have been thinning during the last two decades, interrupted by episodes of decreasing thinning or even thickening. Dynamics of the major outlet glaciers dominated the mass loss from larger drainage basins, and simultaneous changes over distances up to 500 km are detected, indicating climate control. However, the intricate spatiotemporal pattern of dynamic thickness change suggests that, regardless of the forcing responsible for initial glacier acceleration and thinning, the response of individual glaciers is modulated by local conditions. Recent projections of dynamic contributions from the entire GrIS to SLR have been based on the extrapolation of four major outlet glaciers. Considering the observed complexity, we question how well these four glaciers represent all of Greenland’s outlet glaciers. PMID:25512537

  1. Sensitivity of IceCube-DeepCore to neutralino dark matter in the MSSM-25

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    Silverwood, Hamish; Adams, Jenni; Brown, Anthony M [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8140 (New Zealand); Scott, Pat [Department of Physics, McGill University, Montréal QC H2W2L8 (Canada); Danninger, Matthias; Savage, Christopher; Edsjö, Joakim; Hultqvist, Klas, E-mail: h.g.m.silverwood@uva.nl, E-mail: patscott@physics.mcgill.ca, E-mail: danning@fysik.su.se, E-mail: savage@physics.utah.edu, E-mail: edsjo@fysik.su.se, E-mail: jenni.adams@canterbury.ac.nz, E-mail: anthony.brown@canterbury.ac.nz, E-mail: klas.hultqvist@fysik.su.se [Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, Department of Physics, Stockholm University, SE-10691 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2013-03-01

    We analyse the sensitivity of IceCube-DeepCore to annihilation of neutralino dark matter in the solar core, generated within a 25 parameter version of the minimally supersymmetric standard model (MSSM-25). We explore the 25-dimensional parameter space using scanning methods based on importance sampling and using DarkSUSY 5.0.6 to calculate observables. Our scans produced a database of 6.02 million parameter space points with neutralino dark matter consistent with the relic density implied by WMAP 7-year data, as well as with accelerator searches. We performed a model exclusion analysis upon these points using the expected capabilities of the IceCube-DeepCore Neutrino Telescope. We show that IceCube-DeepCore will be sensitive to a number of models that are not accessible to direct detection experiments such as SIMPLE, COUPP and XENON100, indirect detection using Fermi-LAT observations of dwarf spheroidal galaxies, nor to current LHC searches.

  2. Basal Melt Under the Interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet: Comparison of Models, Deep Ice Cores, and Radar Observations

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    Rezvanbehbahani, S.; Stearns, L. A.; van der Veen, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    Basal ice temperature is a critical boundary condition for ice sheet models. It modulates the basal melt rate and sliding conditions, and also affects the ice hardness which alters the deformational velocity. Therefore, in order to obtain reliable estimates on the future mass loss of the ice sheets using numerical models, basal ice temperature is of paramount importance. In this study, the basal temperature and basal melt rate under the Greenland Ice Sheet are estimated using the Robin temperature solution. The analytical Robin solution is obtained by solving the heat conservation equation for steady state conditions, assuming that advection and diffusion are significant only in the vertical direction. In this study, the sensitivity of the basal temperature obtained from the Robin solution to changes in input parameters, including changes in atmospheric conditions, ice thickness, and geothermal heat flux is tested. Although the Robin solution is frequently used in glaciology, there has been no quantitative study to estimate the effect of neglecting the horizontal advection on basal temperatures in regions of higher velocity. Here, a two-dimensional model is applied to quantify the effect of horizontal heat advection on basal temperatures. Overall, horizontal heat advection lowers the basal temperature except in regions where surface mass balance gradients are negative along the flow. Comparing the results from the 2D temperature model to the Robin solution along multiple flowlines of the Greenland Ice Sheet suggest that the horizontal heat advection alters the basal temperatures by less than 3°C up to 30-45% of the flow distance away from the ice divide; at greater distances this difference increases rapidly. All simulations using the Robin solution predict substantial basal melting under the northeast drainage basin of the ice sheet. Our 2D model results also show that because of the negative surface mass balance gradient, horizontal heat advection increases the basal temperatures in the northeast basin. Our obtained map of basal melting area matches well with the radar detected basal water under the north and northeast drainage basins. However, low basal temperatures estimated at the Camp Century ice core location in the northwest of the ice sheet is in contrast with the radar observations.

  3. Microbial Analyses of Ancient Ice Core Sections from Greenland and Antarctica

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    Knowlton, Caitlin; Veerapaneni, Ram; D’Elia, Tom; Rogers, Scott O.

    2013-01-01

    Ice deposited in Greenland and Antarctica entraps viable and nonviable microbes, as well as biomolecules, that become temporal atmospheric records. Five sections (estimated to be 500, 10,500, 57,000, 105,000 and 157,000 years before present, ybp) from the GISP2D (Greenland) ice core, three sections (500, 30,000 and 70,000 ybp) from the Byrd ice core, and four sections from the Vostok 5G (Antarctica) ice core (10,500, 57,000, 105,000 and 105,000 ybp) were studied by scanning electron microscopy, cultivation and rRNA gene sequencing. Bacterial and fungal isolates were recovered from 10 of the 12 sections. The highest numbers of isolates were found in ice core sections that were deposited during times of low atmospheric CO2, low global temperatures and low levels of atmospheric dust. Two of the sections (GISP2D at 10,500 and 157,000 ybp) also were examined using metagenomic/metatranscriptomic methods. These results indicated that sequences from microbes common to arid and saline soils were deposited in the ice during a time of low temperature, low atmospheric CO2 and high dust levels. Members of Firmicutes and Cyanobacteria were the most prevalent bacteria, while Rhodotorula species were the most common eukaryotic representatives. Isolates of Bacillus, Rhodotorula, Alternaria and members of the Davidiellaceae were isolated from both Greenland and Antarctica sections of the same age, although the sequences differed between the two polar regions. PMID:24832659

  4. Glacial records of global climate: A 1500-year tropical ice core record of climate

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    Thompson, L.G.; Davis, M.E.; Mosley-Thompson, E. (Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States))

    1994-03-01

    A general discussion is given of climate variability over the last 1500 years as interpreted from two ice cores from the Quelccaya ice cap, Peru. The possible role of climatic variability in prehistory over this period is discussed with emphases on (1) relationships between climate and the rise and decline of coastal and highland cultures; (2) the possible causes of two major dust events recorded in the quelccaya ice cores around AD 920 and AD 600; (3) implications of climatic variation for the occupation and abandonment of the Gran Pajaten area. The remarkable similarity between changes in highland and coastal cultures and changes in accumulation as determined from the Quelccaya ice cores implies a strong connection between human activities and climate in this region of the globe. Two ice cores drilled to bedrock from the 6047 masl col of Huascaran in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru in 1993 offer the potential of an annual to decadal climatic and environmental record which should allow the study of human-climate and human-environmental relationships over 10,000+ years. The 1991 and 1993 evidence from the Quelccaya ice cap indicates that recent and rapid warming is currently underway in the tropical Andes. Thus, many of the unique glacier archives are in imminent danger of being lost forever.

  5. Surface melting of ice Ih single crystals revealed by glancing angle x-ray scattering

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    A. Lied; H. Dosch; J. H. Bilgram

    1994-01-01

    We present glancing angle x-ray scattering experiments at [00.1], [10.0], and [11.0] surfaces of ice Ih single crystals. The temperature dependence of the evanescent Bragg scattering upon heating reveals a quasiliquid surface layer well below the melting point of each investigated ice surface. At [10.0] and [11.0] surfaces, thermal faceting is observed, which is briefly discussed. The ``oxygen-forbidden'' (00.4) Bragg

  6. Investigation of Molecular Marker Lipids in Alpine Ice Cores Via Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction

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    Makou, M. C.; Eglinton, T. I.; Thompson, L. G.; Hughen, K. A.

    2005-12-01

    Recently developed analytical techniques were employed to identify and quantify organic molecular markers trapped in high-altitude ice. While various compounds represent potentially useful proxies for biomass burning, vegetation type, atmospheric circulation, and anthropogenic activity, prior attempts to measure organic compounds in ice cores have typically required large volumes of sample material that are incompatible with generation of high-resolution paleoclimate records. We employed stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) and thermal desorption (TD), coupled with gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC/TOF-MS), to examine the organic content of small quantities (? 30 ml) of ice. To test the utility of the approach, post-industrial ice core samples from the Huascarán and Sajama sites (Andes), the Dasuopu and Puruogangri sites (Tibetan Plateau), and Mt. Kilimanjaro (east Africa) were tested. n-Alkanes, n-alkanoic acids, n-alkyl amides and nitriles, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and various diterpenoids were identified in this suite of cores. These marker compounds suggest inputs from biomass burning, fresh vascular plant material, and anthropogenic activities such as fossil fuel combustion. Differences in distributions of the alkyl amide and nitrile homologues between the different sites suggest a predominantly local or regional supply of organic matter. Pre-industrial samples from the Sajama and Puruogangri ice cores were also analyzed in order to assess the character of biomarker assemblages in the absence of anthropogenic contributions and investigate changes in inputs over time. PAHs and diterpenoids, which may result from biomass burning and were observed in the modern Sajama samples, occurred in two Holocene Sajama samples, but not in a last glacial sample. Enhanced inputs of terrestrial vegetation combustion biomarkers were consistent with periods of enhanced aridity in both cores. This study demonstrates the utility of SBSE, TD, and GC/TOF-MS for isolating organic compounds from small amounts of alpine ice and paves the way for development of high-resolution molecular stratigraphic records from tropical ice cores.

  7. Low time resolution analysis of polar ice cores cannot detect impulsive nitrate events

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    Smart, D F; Melott, A L; Laird, C M

    2015-01-01

    Ice cores are archives of climate change and possibly large solar proton events (SPEs). Wolff et al. (2012) used a single event, a nitrate peak in the GISP2-H core, which McCracken et al. (2001a) time associated with the poorly quantified 1859 Carrington event, to discredit SPE-produced, impulsive nitrate deposition in polar ice. This is not the ideal test case. We critique the Wolff et al. analysis and demonstrate that the data they used cannot detect impulsive nitrate events because of resolution limitations. We suggest re-examination of the top of the Greenland ice sheet at key intervals over the last two millennia with attention to fine resolution and replicate sampling of multiple species. This will allow further insight into polar depositional processes on a sub-seasonal scale, including atmospheric sources, transport mechanisms to the ice sheet, post-depositional interactions, and a potential SPE association.

  8. Atmospheric volcanic loading derived from bipolar ice cores: Accounting for the spatial distribution of volcanic deposition

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    Gao, Chaochao; Oman, Luke; Robock, Alan; Stenchikov, Georgiy L.

    2007-05-01

    Previous studies have used small numbers of ice core records of past volcanism to represent hemispheric or global radiative forcing from volcanic stratospheric aerosols. With the largest-ever assembly of volcanic ice core records and state-of-the-art climate model simulations of volcanic deposition, we now have a unique opportunity to investigate the effects of spatial variations on sulfate deposition and on estimates of atmospheric loading. We have combined 44 ice core records, 25 from the Arctic and 19 from Antarctica, and Goddard Institute for Space Studies ModelE simulations to study the spatial distribution of volcanic sulfate aerosols in the polar ice sheets. We extracted volcanic deposition signals by applying a high-pass loess filter to the time series and examining peaks that exceed twice the 31-year running median absolute deviation. Our results suggest that the distribution of volcanic sulfate aerosol follows the general precipitation pattern in both regions, indicating the important role precipitation has played in affecting the deposition pattern of volcanic aerosols. We found a similar distribution pattern for sulfate aerosols from the 1783-1784 Laki and 1815 Tambora eruptions, as well as for the total ? activity after the 1952-1954 low-latitude Northern Hemisphere and 1961-1962 high-latitude Northern Hemisphere atmospheric nuclear weapon tests. This confirms the previous assumption that the transport and deposition of nuclear bomb test debris resemble those of volcanic aerosols. We compare three techniques for estimating stratospheric aerosol loading from ice core data: radioactive deposition from nuclear bomb tests, Pinatubo sulfate deposition in eight Antarctic ice cores, and climate model simulations of volcanic sulfate transport and deposition following the 1783 Laki, 1815 Tambora, 1912 Katmai, and 1991 Pinatubo eruptions. By applying the above calibration factors to the 44 ice core records, we have estimated the stratospheric sulfate aerosol loadings for the largest volcanic eruptions during the last millennium. These loadings agree fairly well with estimates based on radiation, petrology, and model simulations. We also estimate the relative magnitude of sulfate deposition compared with the mean for Greenland and Antarctica for each ice core record, which provides a guideline to evaluate the stratospheric volcanic sulfate aerosol loading calculated from a single or a few ice core records.

  9. Sensitivity of Oxygen Isotopes of Sulfate in Ice Cores to Past Changes in Atmospheric Oxidant Concentrations

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    E. D. Sofen; B. Alexander; S. A. Kunasek; L. Mickley; L. T. Murray; J. O. Kaplan

    2009-01-01

    The oxygen isotopic composition (Delta17O) of sulfate from ice cores allows for a quantitative assessment of the past oxidative capacity of the atmosphere, which has implications for the lifetime of pollutants (e.g. CO) and greenhouse gases (e.g. CH4), and changes in the sulfur budget on various timescales. Using Delta17O of sulfate measurements from the WAIS-Divide, Antarctica and Site-A, Greenland ice

  10. Temperature and precipitation signal in two Alpine ice cores over the period 1961-2001

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    Mariani, I.; Eichler, A.; Jenk, T. M.; Brönnimann, S.; Auchmann, R.; Leuenberger, M. C.; Schwikowski, M.

    2014-06-01

    Water stable isotope ratios and net snow accumulation in ice cores are commonly interpreted as temperature or precipitation proxies. However, only in a few cases has a direct calibration with instrumental data been attempted. In this study we took advantage of the dense network of observations in the European Alpine region to rigorously test the relationship of the annual and seasonal resolved proxy data from two highly resolved ice cores with local temperature and precipitation. We focused on the time period 1961-2001 with the highest amount and quality of meteorological data and the minimal uncertainty in ice core dating (±1 year). The two ice cores were retrieved from the Fiescherhorn glacier (northern Alps, 3900 m a.s.l.), and Grenzgletscher (southern Alps, 4200 m a.s.l.). A parallel core from the Fiescherhorn glacier allowed assessing the reproducibility of the ice core proxy data. Due to the orographic barrier, the two flanks of the Alpine chain are affected by distinct patterns of precipitation. The different location of the two glaciers therefore offers a unique opportunity to test whether such a specific setting is reflected in the proxy data. On a seasonal scale a high fraction of ?18O variability was explained by the seasonal cycle of temperature (~60% for the ice cores, ~70% for the nearby stations of the Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation - GNIP). When the seasonality is removed, the correlations decrease for all sites, indicating that factors other than temperature such as changing moisture sources and/or precipitation regimes affect the isotopic signal on this timescale. Post-depositional phenomena may additionally modify the ice core data. On an annual scale, the ?18O/temperature relationship was significant at the Fiescherhorn, whereas for Grenzgletscher this was the case only when weighting the temperature with precipitation. In both cases the fraction of interannual temperature variability explained was ~20%, comparable to the values obtained from the GNIP stations data. Consistently with previous studies, we found an altitude effect for the ?18O of -0.17‰/100 m for an extended elevation range combining data of the two ice core sites and four GNIP stations. Significant correlations between net accumulation and precipitation were observed for Grenzgletscher during the entire period of investigation, whereas for Fiescherhorn this was the case only for the less recent period (1961-1977). Local phenomena, probably related to wind, seem to partly disturb the Fiescherhorn accumulation record. Spatial correlation analysis shows the two glaciers to be influenced by different precipitation regimes, with the Grenzgletscher reflecting the characteristic precipitation regime south of the Alps and the Fiescherhorn accumulation showing a pattern more closely linked to northern Alpine stations.

  11. Evidence of a warm early instrumental period found in temperature related water isotope records from high elevation Alpine ice cores

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    Bohleber, Pascal; Schöner, Wolfgang; Wagenbach, Dietmar

    2015-04-01

    The variability of water isotopes (delta-O18 or delta-D) preserved in Alpine glacier ice may provide mid-latitude temperature proxy records supplementing respective information from other archives. In order to archive long term records (i.e. exceeding 100 years) the limited glacier depth at suitable Alpine drill sites requires a relatively low net accumulation rate. In this respect, the cold glacier saddle Colle Gnifetti (CG) is the unique drilling site in the European Alps offering ice core records substantially exceeding the instrumental period. However, the unique low net accumulation at CG is characterised by strong spatio-temporal variability causing depositional noise that strongly challenges the interpretation of the ice core isotope records in terms of net temperature change. Here we present our findings from comparing stable water isotope records of the CG multi core array to a site-specific temperature time series. The latter is synthesized from high elevation stations of the instrumental HISTALP network considering among others the temperature shift from the accumulation bias towards growing seasons. Within the last century dedicated time series analysis reveals a common signal in the (supra-) decadal components of the instrumental temperature and isotope records. Extending the comparison over the entire 250 years instrumental period, systematic discrepancies are found within the early instrumental period (EIP). The delta-O18 record shows an overall decreasing trend from 1760 to 1890 AD, which is not reflected in the temperature record. However, using high Alpine summer temperature lacking the latest EIP adjustment, the long-term trends between isotope and instrumental data are in better agreement. The overall mean of the isotope based temperature in the EIP indicates substantially warmer levels than the EIP-corrected instrumental temperature. It differs, however, not significantly with respect to the non-EIP-corrected temperature mean. Although the main reason for the systematic discrepancies within the EIP is not settled, we discuss their implications with respect to performing a calibration of the ice core isotope thermometer against instrumental data over the entire instrumental period. In order to illustrate dating uncertainties and the intricate role of snow deposition, the inter-core isotope comparison is supplemented by impurity time series, including a tentative look at evidence of volcanic eruptions within the EIP. Finally, newest ice core isotope evidence is evaluated in the light of inconsistencies between the multi-decadal temperature variability derived from instrumental and other proxy sources, including the possibility of the EIP-correction of instrumental data being overestimated, at least, with respect to the high Alpine air temperature.

  12. RICE ice core: Black Carbon reflects climate variability at Roosevelt Island, West Antarctica

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    Ellis, Aja; Edwards, Ross; Bertler, Nancy; Winton, Holly; Goodwin, Ian; Neff, Peter; Tuohy, Andrea; Proemse, Bernadette; Hogan, Chad; Feiteng, Wang

    2015-04-01

    The Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project successfully drilled a deep ice core from Roosevelt Island during the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 seasons. Located in the Ross Ice Shelf in West Antarctica, the site is an ideal location for investigating climate variability and the past stability of the Ross Ice Shelf. Black carbon (BC) aerosols are emitted by both biomass burning and fossil fuels, and BC particles emitted in the southern hemisphere are transported in the atmosphere and preserved in Antarctic ice. The past record of BC is expected to be sensitive to climate variability, as it is modulated by both emissions and transport. To investigate BC variability over the past 200 years, we developed a BC record from two overlapping ice cores (~1850-2012) and a high-resolution snow pit spanning 2010-2012 (cal. yr). Consistent results are found between the snow pit profiles and ice core records. Distinct decadal trends are found with respect to BC particle size, and the record indicates a steady rise in BC particle size over the last 100 years. Differences in emission sources and conditions may be a possible explanation for changes in BC size. These records also show a significant increase in BC concentration over the past decade with concentrations rising over 1.5 ppb (1.5*10^-9 ng/g), suggesting a fundamental shift in BC deposition to the site.

  13. Ice Core Contributions To Global Change Research: Past Successes and Future Directions

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    The U.S. ice coring community has, in concert with its international partners, made remarkable strides to advance in the understanding of global change. This document was assembled by the Ice Core Working Group (ICWG), and provides a synthesis of the global change lessons learned thus far, and the requirements and plans for solving new global change questions utilizing future ice coring activities. Sections on lessons learned include: the greenhouse/gas relationship, rapid climate change events, natural climate variability during the Holocene, extreme events (volcanoes and biomass burning), recent climate change as a precursor to modern climate, hindcasting instruments, anthropogenic impact on atmospheric chemistry, and human response to climate change as deduced from the paleorecord.

  14. Application of composite flow laws to grain size distributions derived from polar ice cores

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    Binder, Tobias; de Bresser, Hans; Jansen, Daniela; Weikusat, Ilka; Garbe, Christoph; Kipfstuhl, Sepp

    2014-05-01

    Apart from evaluating the crystallographic orientation, focus of microstructural analysis of natural ice during the last decades has been to create depth-profiles of mean grain size. Several ice flow models incorporated mean grain size as a variable. Although such a mean value may coincide well with the size of a large proportion of the grains, smaller/larger grains are effectively ignored. These smaller/larger grains, however, may affect the ice flow modeling. Variability in grain size is observed on centimeter, meter and kilometer scale along deep polar ice cores. Composite flow laws allow considering the effect of this variability on rheology, by weighing the contribution of grain-size-sensitive (GSS, diffusion/grain boundary sliding) and grain-size-insensitive (GSI, dislocation) creep mechanisms taking the full grain size distribution into account [1]. Extraction of hundreds of grain size distributions for different depths along an ice core has become relatively easy by automatic image processing techniques [2]. The shallow ice approximation is widely adopted in ice sheet modeling and approaches the full-Stokes solution for small ratios of vertical to horizontal characteristic dimensions. In this approximation shear stress in the vertical plain dominates the strain. This assumption is not applicable at ice divides or dome structures, where most deep ice core drilling sites are located. Within the upper two thirds of the ice column longitudinal stresses are not negligible and ice deformation is dominated by vertical strain. The Dansgaard-Johnsen model [3] predicts a dominating, constant vertical strain rate for the upper two thirds of the ice sheet, whereas in the lower ice column vertical shear becomes the main driver for ice deformation. We derived vertical strain rates from the upper NEEM ice core (North-West Greenland) and compared them to classical estimates of strain rates at the NEEM site. Assuming intervals of constant accumulation rates, we found a variation of vertical strain rates by a factor 2-3 in the upper ice column. We discuss the current applicability of composite flow laws to grain size distributions extracted from ice cores drilled at sites where the flow direction rotates by 90 degrees with depth (i.e. ice divide). An interesting finding is that a transition to a glacial period in future would be associated with a decrease in vertical strain rate (due to a reduced accumulation rate) and an increase of the frequency of small grains (due to an enhanced impurity content). Composite flow laws assign an enhanced contribution of GSS creep to this transition. It is currently unclear which factor would have a greater influence. [1] Herwegh et al., 2005, J. Struct. Geol., 27, 503-521 [2] T. Binder et al., 2013, J. Microsc., 250, 130-141 [3] W. Dansgaard & S.J. Johnsen, 1969, J. Glaciol., 8, 215-223

  15. Chemical compositions of past soluble aerosols reconstructed from NEEM (Greenland) and Dome C (Antarctica) ice cores

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    Oyabu, Ikumi; Iizuka, Yoshinori; Fukui, Manabu; Fischer, Hubertus; Schüpbach, Simon; Gfeller, Gideon; Mulvaney, Robert; Hansson, Margareta

    2015-04-01

    Polar ice core preserve past atmospheric aerosols, which is a useful proxy for understanding the interaction between climate changes and atmospheric aerosols. One useful technique for reconstructing past soluble aerosols from ice core is the determination of dissolved ion species. However, since salts and acids melt into ions, chemical compositions of soluble aerosols in the ice cores have not been cleared. To clarify the temporal variations in the chemical compositions of past soluble aerosols, this study investigated chemical compositions of soluble particles preserved in the NEEM (Greenland) and Dome C (Antarctica) ice cores using new method 'ice-sublimation method'. The ice-sublimation method can extract soluble salts particles as a solid state without melting. The ice core samples are selected from the sections from the last termination (the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to Holocene) of Dome C (inland Antarctica) and NEEM ice cores. Using ice-sublimation method, soluble salts particles were extracted. Chemical components of extracted particles were analysed by scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive spectroscopy, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The major components of soluble salts particles in the Dome C ice core are CaSO4, Na2SO4 and NaCl. The CaSO4 and NaCl fractions were high in the first half of the last termination, whereas the Na2SO4 fraction is high in the latter half of the last termination. The major components of soluble salts particles in the NEEM ice core are CaCO3, CaSO4, NaCl and Na2SO4. The fractions of CaCO3, CaSO4 and NaCl were high in LGM, whereas those of NaCl and Na2SO4 were high in Holocene. The changes in the salts compositions in Dome C ice core are mainly controlled by concentration of terrestrial material (Ca2+). In the first half of the last termination, most of the terrestrial material (CaCO3) reacted with H2SO4 but some of sea-salt (NaCl) was not reacted with H2SO4 due to high Ca2+ concentration. As a result, the CaSO4 and NaCl fractions were high in this period. In the latter half of the last termination, reaction of NaCl with H2SO4 enhanced due to decreased in the Ca2+ concentration. As a result, Na2SO4 fraction increased. The changes in the salts compositions in NEEM ice core are also mainly controlled by Ca2+ concentration. In the LGM, some of CaCO3 was reacted but some of CaCO3 and most of NaCl were not reacted with H2SO4 due to too high Ca2+ concentration. As a result, CaCO3, CaSO4 and NaCl fractions were high in LGM. In the Holocene, NaCl sulfatization increased due to reduction of Ca2+ concentration. However, some of NaCl was not sulfatized due to different seasonality of NaCl and H2SO4, and increased in the NH4+ inputs originate from vegetation.

  16. First Measurements of Osmium Concentration and Isotopic Composition in a Summit, Greenland Ice Core

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    Osterberg, E. C.; Sharma, M.; Hawley, R. L.; Courville, Z.

    2010-12-01

    Osmium (Os) is one of the rarer elements in the environment and therefore one of the most difficult to accurately measure, but its isotopically distinctive crustal, mantle-derived, and extra-terrestrial sources make it a valuable geochemical tracer. Recent state-of-the-art analyses of precipitation, river water, and ocean water samples from around the world have revealed elevated concentrations of Os with a characteristically low (unradiogenic) Os isotopic signature (187Os/188Os). This unusual low Os isotopic signal has been interpreted as evidence for widespread Os pollution due to the smelting of Platinum Group Element (PGE) sulfide ores for use in automobile catalytic converters. However, an environmental time series of Os concentrations and isotopic composition spanning the pre-industrial to modern era has not previously been developed to evaluate changes in atmospheric Os sources through time. Here we present the first measurements of Os concentration and isotopic composition (to our knowledge) in a 100 m-long ice core collected from Summit, Greenland, spanning from ca. 1700 to 2010 AD. Due to the extremely low Os concentrations in snow (10-15 g/g), these analyses have only recently become possible with advances in Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) and ultra-clean analytical procedures. Initial results indicate that the 187Os/188Os of Greenland snow was unradiogenic (187Os/188Os = 0.13-0.15) for at least several periods over the past 300 years, including both pre-anthropogenic and modern times. Os concentrations in the Summit ice core are relatively high (11-52 pg/kg) compared to previously measured precipitation in North America, Europe, Asia and Antarctic sea ice (0.35-23 pg/kg). The low (unradiogenic) isotopic composition are consistent with extraterrestrial (cosmic dust and meteorites; 187Os/188Os = 0.13) and possibly volcanic (187Os/188Os = 0.15-0.6) Os sources, although the Os isotopic composition of volcanic emissions is poorly constrained. Crustal dust, with a radiogenic isotopic value of 1.26, is clearly not a major source for Os in Greenland snow. Additional analyses of trace element concentration and Os isotopic composition will be discussed in the context of constraining the relative contributions of extraterrestrial, volcanic, aeolian, and anthropogenic Os sources to Greenland snow through time.

  17. The accumulations of solids beyond the primordial Jupiter and Saturn to form the ice-giant cores

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    Jakubík, M.; Neslušan, L.

    2014-04-01

    We study the dynamics of small bodies in the dissipating solar nebula during the era when Jupiter and Saturn were already formed and occupied mutual 3:2 mean-motion resonance. The study is done in the course to reveal the eventual sites of accumulation of material in the proto-planetary disk. Such an accumulation could significantly enhance the formation of the ice-giant cores. Actually, we found that the resonant action of Jupiter and Saturn in combination with the gas drag of the dissipating solar nebula may create two maxima in the distribution of solid material beyond Saturn, if the prevailing amount of the solids is concentrated in kilometer-sized or smaller bodies. Specifically, the distribution is then peaked at about ˜ 11 and ˜ 16.5 AU. A higher amount of solid material is in smaller bodies, the higher peaks occur. We suspect that the two maxima correspond to just two existing ice giants, Uranus and Neptune.

  18. Ice-core record of oceanic emissions of dimethylsulphide during the last climate cycle

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    Legrand, M.; Feniet-Saigne, C.; Saltzman, E. S.; Germain, C.; Barkov, N. I.

    1991-03-01

    Depth profiles along the Vostok ice core of methanesulfonate and non-seasalt sulfate are presented which provide the first historical record of biogenic sulfur emissions from the Southern Hemisphere oceans over a complete glacial-interglacial cycle. Those measurements confirm and extend some previous observations made on a very limited data set from the Dome C ice core in Antarctica, which indicated increased oceanic emissions of dimethylsulfide during the later stages of the glacial period, compared with the present day. The observed glacial-interglacial variations in methanesulfonate and non-seasalt sulfate confirm that the ocean-atmosphere sulfur cycle is extremely sensitive to climate change.

  19. Global ice-core research: Understanding and applying environmental records of the past

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    Cecil, L. DeWayne; Green, Jaromy R.; Naftz, David L.

    2000-01-01

    Environmental changes are of major concern at low- or mid-latitude regions of our Earth simply because this is where 80 to 90 percent of the world’s human population live. Ice cores collected from isolated polar regions are, at best, proxy indicators of low- and mid-latitude environmental changes. Because polar icecore research is limiting in this sense, ice cores from low- and mid-latitude glaciers are being used to study past environmental changes in order to better understand and predict future environmental changes that may affect the populated regions of the world.

  20. cm-scale variations of crystal orientation fabric in cold Alpine ice core from Colle Gnifetti

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    Kerch, Johanna; Weikusat, Ilka; Eisen, Olaf; Wagenbach, Dietmar; Erhardt, Tobias

    2015-04-01

    Analysis of the microstructural parameters of ice has been an important part of ice core analyses so far mainly in polar cores in order to obtain information about physical processes (e.g. deformation, recrystallisation) on the micro- and macro-scale within an ice body. More recently the influence of impurities and climatic conditions during snow accumulation on these processes has come into focus. A deeper understanding of how palaeoclimate proxies interact with physical properties of the ice matrix bears relevance for palaeoclimatic interpretations, improved geophysical measurement techniques and the furthering of ice dynamical modeling. Variations in microstructural parameters e.g. crystal orientation fabric or grain size can be observed on a scale of hundreds and tens of metres but also on a centimetre scale. The underlying processes are not necessarily the same on all scales. Especially for the short-scale variations many questions remain unanswered. We present results from a study that aims to investigate following hypotheses: 1. Variations in grain size and fabric, i.e. strong changes of the orientation of ice crystals with respect to the vertical, occur on a centimetre scale and can be observed in all depths of an ice core. 2. Palaeoclimate proxies like dust and impurities have an impact on the microstructural processes and thus are inducing the observed short-scale variations in grain size and fabric. 3. The interaction of proxies with the ice matrix leads to depth intervals that show correlating behaviour as well as ranges with anticorrelation between microstructural parameters and palaeoclimatic proxies. The respective processes need to be identified. Fabric Analyser measurements were conducted on more than 80 samples (total of 8 m) from different depth ranges of a cold Alpine ice core (72 m length) drilled in 2013 at Colle Gnifetti, Switzerland/Italy. Results were obtained by automatic image processing, providing estimates for grain size distributions and crystal orientation fabric, and comparison with data from continuous flow analysis of chemical impurities. A microstructural characterisation of the analysed core is presented with emphasis on the observed variations in crystal orientation fabric. The relevance of these results for palaeoclimate reconstruction and geophysical applications in ice are discussed.

  1. Identifying deformation mechanisms in the NEEM ice core using EBSD measurements

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    Kuiper, Ernst-Jan; Weikusat, Ilka; Drury, Martyn R.; Pennock, Gill M.; de Winter, Matthijs D. A.

    2015-04-01

    Deformation of ice in continental sized ice sheets determines the flow behavior of ice towards the sea. Basal dislocation glide is assumed to be the dominant deformation mechanism in the creep deformation of natural ice, but non-basal glide is active as well. Knowledge of what types of deformation mechanisms are active in polar ice is critical in predicting the response of ice sheets in future warmer climates and its contribution to sea level rise, because the activity of deformation mechanisms depends critically on deformation conditions (such as temperature) as well as on the material properties (such as grain size). One of the methods to study the deformation mechanisms in natural materials is Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD). We obtained ca. 50 EBSD maps of five different depths from a Greenlandic ice core (NEEM). The step size varied between 8 and 25 micron depending on the size of the deformation features. The size of the maps varied from 2000 to 10000 grid point. Indexing rates were up to 95%, partially by saving and reanalyzing the EBSP patterns. With this method we can characterize subgrain boundaries and determine the lattice rotation configurations of each individual subgrain. Combining these observations with arrangement/geometry of subgrain boundaries the dislocation types can be determined, which form these boundaries. Three main types of subgrain boundaries have been recognized in Antarctic (EDML) ice core¹². Here, we present the first results obtained from EBSD measurements performed on the NEEM ice core samples from the last glacial period, focusing on the relevance of dislocation activity of the possible slip systems. Preliminary results show that all three subgrain types, recognized in the EDML core, occur in the NEEM samples. In addition to the classical boundaries made up of basal dislocations, subgrain boundaries made of non-basal dislocations are also common. ¹Weikusat, I.; de Winter, D. A. M.; Pennock, G. M.; Hayles, M.; Schneijdenberg, C. T. W. M. Drury, M. R. Cryogenic EBSD on ice: preserving a stable surface in a low pressure SEM. J. Microsc., 2010, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2010.03471.x ²Weikusat, I.; Miyamoto, A.; Faria, S. H.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Azuma, N.; Hondoh. T. Subgrain boundaries in Antarctic ice quantified by X-ray Laue diffraction. J. of Glaciol., 2011, 57, 85-94

  2. Defining the geochemical composition of the EPICA Dome C ice core dust during the last glacial-interglacial cycle

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    F. Marino; E. Castellano; D. Ceccato; P. De Deckker; B. Delmonte; G. Ghermandi; V. Maggi; J. R. Petit; M. Revel-Rolland; R. Udisti

    2008-01-01

    The major element composition of the insoluble, windborne long-range dust archived in the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica Dome C ice core has been determined by Particle Induced X-ray Emission analyses. The geochemistry of dust from the last glacial maximum (LGM) and from the Holocene is discussed in terms of past environmental changes, throughout the last climatic cycle.

  3. A 2000 year atmospheric history of methyl chloride from a South Pole ice core: Evidence for climate-controlled variability

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    Saltzman, Eric

    A 2000 year atmospheric history of methyl chloride from a South Pole ice core: Evidence for climate history of methyl chloride from a South Pole ice core: Evidence for climate- controlled variability3Cl has been measured in Antarctic firn air (Siple Dome, South Pole, Law Dome, Dronning Maud Land

  4. Volcanic forcing of climate over the past 1500 years: An improved ice core-based index for climate models

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    Chaochao Gao; Alan Robock; Caspar Ammann

    2008-01-01

    Understanding natural causes of climate change is vital to evaluate the relative impacts of human pollution and land surface modification on climate. We have investigated one of the most important natural causes of climate change, volcanic eruptions, by using 54 ice core records from both the Arctic and Antarctica. Our recently collected suite of ice core data, more than double

  5. An 80-year summer temperature history from the Xiao Dongkemadi ice core in the central Tibetan Plateau and its association with atmospheric circulation

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    Li, Xiangying; Ding, Yongjian; Yu, Zhongbo; Mika, Sillanpää; Liu, Shiyin; Shangguan, Donghui; Lu, Chengyang

    2015-02-01

    The climate significance of oxygen isotopes from the central Tibetan Plateau (cTP) ice cores is a debated issue because of large scale atmospheric circulation. A high-resolution ?18O record was recovered from the Xiao Dongkemadi (XD) ice core, which expanded the spatial coverage of ?18O data in this region. Annual average ?18O correlated significantly with nearby MJJAS air temperatures, suggesting the ?18O can be used as a proxy to reconstruct regional climate change. The reconstructed temperature anomaly is related to the regional and global warming trends, and the greater warming amplitude since 1970s is related to the elevation dependency of the warming signal. The close relationship of the warming to variations in glacier mass balances and discharge reveal that recent warming has led to obvious glacier shrinkage and runoff increase. Correlation analysis suggests that monsoon and westerly moisture substantially influence the cTP ice core records, along with an increase in their level of contribution to the XD core accumulation in recent decades, and confirms a teleconnection of regional climate of the cTP ice cores with climate parameters in the Indian and North Atlantic Oceans.

  6. Ice core record of fatty acids over the past 450 years in Greenland

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    Kawamura, Kimitaka; Suzuki, Ikuko; Fujii, Yoshiyuki; Watanabe, Okitsugu

    Fatty acids have been studied in the ice core taken from Site-J, Greenland using a capillary gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Their molecular distributions showed a strong even/odd carbon number predominance with two maxima at C16 and C24 or C22 acids. Unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid (C18?1) were also detected in the ice samples as major species, being in contrast to the remote marine aerosols in which unsaturated fatty acids are depleted by photochemical degradation. This suggests that organic aerosols derived from marine and terrestrial biological sources are transported long distances in the atmosphere over the south Greenland ice sheet without serious photochemical transformation. Total concentrations of fatty acids were relatively constant (ca. 10 µg/kg-ice) in the 16th to 19th centuries, however, they significantly increased in the 20th century with maxima in the 1930s-1950s and 1980s (up to ca. 100 µg/kg-ice), suggesting an enhanced sea-to-air emission of organic matter and subsequent transport over the Greenland. The increased concentrations of fatty acids in this century were found to be consistent with an increased arctic temperature. During warmer periods, atmospheric circulation is enhanced and more lipids which are enriched in the sea surface microlayers are emitted to the atmosphere by bubble bursting mechanisms and imprinted in the ice core of south Greenland.

  7. Phylogenetic analysis of anaerobic psychrophilic enrichment cultures obtained from a greenland glacier ice core.

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    Sheridan, Peter P; Miteva, Vanya I; Brenchley, Jean E

    2003-04-01

    The examination of microorganisms in glacial ice cores allows the phylogenetic relationships of organisms frozen for thousands of years to be compared with those of current isolates. We developed a method for aseptically sampling a sediment-containing portion of a Greenland ice core that had remained at -9 degrees C for over 100,000 years. Epifluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry results showed that the ice sample contained over 6 x 10(7) cells/ml. Anaerobic enrichment cultures inoculated with melted ice were grown and maintained at -2 degrees C. Genomic DNA extracted from these enrichments was used for the PCR amplification of 16S rRNA genes with bacterial and archaeal primers and the preparation of clone libraries. Approximately 60 bacterial inserts were screened by restriction endonuclease analysis and grouped into 27 unique restriction fragment length polymorphism types, and 24 representative sequences were compared phylogenetically. Diverse sequences representing major phylogenetic groups including alpha, beta, and gamma Proteobacteria as well as relatives of the Thermus, Bacteroides, Eubacterium, and Clostridium groups were found. Sixteen clone sequences were closely related to those from known organisms, with four possibly representing new species. Seven sequences may reflect new genera and were most closely related to sequences obtained only by PCR amplification. One sequence was over 12% distant from its closest relative and may represent a novel order or family. These results show that phylogenetically diverse microorganisms have remained viable within the Greenland ice core for at least 100,000 years. PMID:12676695

  8. Biological ice-core analysis of Sofiyskiy glacier in the Russian Altai

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    Uetake, J.; Kohshima, S.; Nakazawa, F.; Suzuki, K.; Kohno, M.; Kameda, T.; Arkhipov, S.; Fujii, Y.

    We examined microorganisms and pollen in a pit (4.5 m deep) and a shallow ice core (25.01 m long) from Sofiyskiy glacier in the Altai mountains of Russia for potential use in dating ice cores from a mid-latitude glacier. The ice-core and pit samples contained various green algae, cyanobacteria, bacteria, fungi and pollen. In the vertical profiles of the pit, algal biomass peaks corresponded to high ?18O layers and Pinaceae pollen peaks, suggesting that these algae grew during the melt season. In contrast, the layer with the lowest ?18O contained almost no algal cells. Major peaks of the cyanobacteria, bacteria and a fungus roughly corresponded to those of the algae. However, seasonal changes in these microorganisms became indistinct deeper in the core, as did the seasonal variation in ?18O and major ions, most likely due to heavy meltwater percolation and/or post-depositional decomposition. In contrast, clear seasonal cycles were evident in the algal biomass and pollen in snow samples. Assuming that the peaks of the snow algae and Pinaceae pollen marked summer layers and that the layers with almost no snow algae represented the winter layers, we estimated that the ice core contained 16 annual layers (1985-2001). The mean annual mass balance for the period was estimated to be 1.01 m w. e. The value agreed well with those estimated from stake measurements, indicating that snow algae and pollen could provide reliable boundary markers of annual layers in the ice cores of this region.

  9. The glaciological context of a Berkner Island ice core from satellite and optimal estimation methods.

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    Arthern, R.; Hindmarsh, R.; Joughin, I.; Shepherd, A.; Wingham, D.; Winebrenner, D.

    2003-04-01

    The glaciological environment of a deep ice core from Berkner Island, West Antarctica, is investigated. Maps of the present day rate of thickness change, the accumulation rate and the ice flow divergence are produced using satellite methods, in combination with a limited number of field observations. These various data sources include velocities derived using satellite radar interferometry from Radarsat, elevation changes measured by satellite radar altimetry from European Remote Sensing satellites, and accumulation rates from shallow ice cores interpolated with the aid of microwave emission polarisation measured by the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer instrument on the Nimbus 7 satellite. The results are derived from the optimal combination of these data to reduce the sensitivity of the results to data gaps, measurement errors and year-to-year variations in snowfall. The age-depth relationship at the drill site, and the internal layering within Berkner Island are also predicted.

  10. An 1800-year Ice Core History of Climate and Environment in the Andes of Southern Peru

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    Howat, Ian M.

    cultures were heavily dependent on reliable water supplies, while the highland cultures, located near to rich cultural histories, tropical South America contains many types of archives of past climate solar heating, bottled and shipped to the ice core laboratory at The Ohio State University (OSU

  11. Exploring seasonal accumulation bias in a west central Greenland ice core with observed and reanalyzed data

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    Howat, Ian M.

    Exploring seasonal accumulation bias in a west central Greenland ice core with observed, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA ABSTRACT. The seasonality heights and affords a unique opportunity to assess the seasonal distribution of accumulation and test

  12. A 600-year annual 10 Be record from the NGRIP ice core, Greenland

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    Wehrli, Bernhard

    A 600-year annual 10 Be record from the NGRIP ice core, Greenland A.-M. Berggren,1 J. Beer,2 G only one record (Dye-3, Greenland) providing annual resolution over several centuries. Here we report the NGRIP site in Greenland. NGRIP and Dye-3 10 Be exhibits similar long-term variability, although

  13. 10Be climate fingerprints during the Eemian in the NEEM ice core, Greenland

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    Sturevik-Storm, Anna; Aldahan, Ala; Possnert, Göran; Berggren, Ann-Marie; Muscheler, Raimund; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Vinther, Bo M.; Usoskin, Ilya

    2014-01-01

    Several deep Greenland ice cores have been retrieved, however, capturing the Eemian period has been problematic due to stratigraphic disturbances in the ice. The new Greenland deep ice core from the NEEM site (77.45°N, 51.06°W, 2450?m.a.s.l) recovered a relatively complete Eemian record. Here we discuss the cosmogenic 10Be isotope record from this core. The results show Eemian average 10Be concentrations about 0.7 times lower than in the Holocene which suggests a warmer climate and approximately 65–90% higher precipitation in Northern Greenland compared to today. Effects of shorter solar variations on 10Be concentration are smoothed out due to coarse time resolution, but occurrence of a solar maximum at 115.26–115.36?kyr BP is proposed. Relatively high 10Be concentrations are found in the basal ice sections of the core which may originate from the glacial-interglacial transition and relate to a geomagnetic excursion about 200?kyr BP. PMID:25266953

  14. Seasonal climate information preserved in West Antarctic ice core water isotopes

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    Battisti, David

    Scientific Expedition (ITASE), a network of precisely dated and highly resolved ice cores was retrieved from West Antarctica. The ITASE dataset provides a unique record of spatial and temporal variations of stable water isotopes (18 O and D) across West Antarctica. We demonstrate that, after accounting

  15. Seasonal climate information preserved in West Antarctic ice core water isotopes: relationships to temperature,

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    Battisti, David

    Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE), a network of precisely dated and highly resolved ice cores was retrieved from West Antarctica. The ITASE dataset provides a unique record of spatial and temporal variations of stable water isotopes (d18 O and dD) across West Antarctica. We demonstrate that

  16. 340 years of atmospheric circulation characteristics reconstructed from an eastern Antarctic Peninsula ice core

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Russell; G. R. McGregor; G. J. Marshall

    2006-01-01

    Precipitation delivery mechanisms for Dolleman Island (DI), located off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, are investigated using reanalysis and back trajectory data. The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and ENSO are both shown to influence precipitation delivery and event size. Precipitation delivery variability is compared against the interannual variation of chemical data from two DI ice cores. Nitrate concentration

  17. The GISP ice core record of volcanism since 7000 B.C.

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    Fiedel, S.J. [Enserch Environmental Corp., Lyndhurst, NJ (United States)

    1995-01-13

    Two technical comments are presented on an article by Zielinski concerning the GISP ice core record of volcanic activity in 7000 BC, including a detailed record of the volcanic contribution to sulfate concentrations. The authors describe concerns about (1) correct C14 dating for known eruptions correlated to calendar years and (2) the need for unambiguous volcanic source identifications. 24 refs., 1 tab.

  18. 10Be climate fingerprints during the Eemian in the NEEM ice core, Greenland

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    Sturevik-Storm, Anna; Aldahan, Ala; Possnert, Göran; Berggren, Ann-Marie; Muscheler, Raimund; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Vinther, Bo M.; Usoskin, Ilya

    2014-09-01

    Several deep Greenland ice cores have been retrieved, however, capturing the Eemian period has been problematic due to stratigraphic disturbances in the ice. The new Greenland deep ice core from the NEEM site (77.45°N, 51.06°W, 2450 m.a.s.l) recovered a relatively complete Eemian record. Here we discuss the cosmogenic 10Be isotope record from this core. The results show Eemian average 10Be concentrations about 0.7 times lower than in the Holocene which suggests a warmer climate and approximately 65-90% higher precipitation in Northern Greenland compared to today. Effects of shorter solar variations on 10Be concentration are smoothed out due to coarse time resolution, but occurrence of a solar maximum at 115.26-115.36 kyr BP is proposed. Relatively high 10Be concentrations are found in the basal ice sections of the core which may originate from the glacial-interglacial transition and relate to a geomagnetic excursion about 200 kyr BP.

  19. 10Be climate fingerprints during the Eemian in the NEEM ice core, Greenland.

    PubMed

    Sturevik-Storm, Anna; Aldahan, Ala; Possnert, Göran; Berggren, Ann-Marie; Muscheler, Raimund; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Vinther, Bo M; Usoskin, Ilya

    2014-01-01

    Several deep Greenland ice cores have been retrieved, however, capturing the Eemian period has been problematic due to stratigraphic disturbances in the ice. The new Greenland deep ice core from the NEEM site (77.45 °N, 51.06 °W, 2450 m.a.s.l) recovered a relatively complete Eemian record. Here we discuss the cosmogenic (10)Be isotope record from this core. The results show Eemian average (10)Be concentrations about 0.7 times lower than in the Holocene which suggests a warmer climate and approximately 65-90% higher precipitation in Northern Greenland compared to today. Effects of shorter solar variations on (10)Be concentration are smoothed out due to coarse time resolution, but occurrence of a solar maximum at 115.26-115.36 kyr BP is proposed. Relatively high (10)Be concentrations are found in the basal ice sections of the core which may originate from the glacial-interglacial transition and relate to a geomagnetic excursion about 200 kyr BP. PMID:25266953

  20. Characterization of Particles Recovered From a 4 Km Ice Core Above Lake Vostok, Antarctica

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    Priscu, J.; Mogk, D.; Foreman, C.; Mikucki, J.; Denson, J.; Wolf, C.; Adams, E.; Welch, K.; Voytek, M.

    2001-12-01

    Nine samples of glacial ice from distinct glacial maxima and interglacial periods have been recovered from depths ranging from 179 to 3351 meters above Lake Vostok, Antarctica, representing a record of { ~}420,000 years, and three samples of ice from depths of 3540-3590 meters interpreted as having accreted from Lake Vostok, have been analyzed to determine the mineralogic and biologic constituents of these ice cores. Known quantities of ice were melted and particulate matter was collected on 0.2 micron filters for imaging and analysis using cryo-SEMBSE and EDS techniques. The mineralogy of the glacial ice generally follows continental crustal abundances, with modal quartz (19-65%)> alkali feldspar (16-42%)>plagioclase (5-25%). Combined micas (bio-musc-chlor) range from 1-43%, with the higher values recorded in interglacial intervals. Volcanic glass constitutes up to 34% of some samples. Most of the analyzed grains are sub-angular to sub-rounded and occur in the size range of 1-5 microns; 5-10 micron particles of angular volcanic glass and ternary feldspars occur in both glacial and interglacial intervals. In addition, one grain with a Fe-Ni composition is interpreted as a micrometeorite, and fibrous grains of a Mg-Fe silicate are interpreted as enstatite "whiskers". Organic matter occurs irregularly throughout the ice column and includes fragments of diatom frustules, mats of organic debris, and rare rods and coccoids that are most likely microbial. In contrast, sediments in the accreted ice typically have grain sizes <1 micron, with modal biotite (73%)> quartz (13%)> Kspar (9%)>plagioclase (2%). Rod-shaped bacterial cells are readily observed on the filter substrate and attached to mats of organic debris (Priscu et al., 1999). There is a clear distinction in particle composition and morphology and the type of organic material found in the glacial ice compared with accreted ice. Sediments in the glacial ice contain minerals representative of typical continental crust, with little evidence of sorting by grain size or composition. Airborne modifications of the modal mineralogy of the glacial ice may occur through episodic infusions of volcanic ash or crystallites, enrichment of micas through aeolian sorting, and rare capture of meteoric particles. Enrichment of biotite in the accreted ice is interpreted as the result of differential settling in the lake waters prior to accretion. The relatively large abundances of bacteria in the accreted ice implies that Lake Vostok may support microbial life, whereas rare microbes and fragments of diatom frustules in the glacial ice may have been transported and deposited by aeolian processes.

  1. Continuous and discrete measurements of atmospheric methane from an ice core from Roosevelt Island, East Ross Sea, Antarctica

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    Blunier, T.; Simonsen, M. F.; Brook, E.; Lee, J.; Vallelonga, P. T.; Bertler, N. A. N.

    2014-12-01

    A new ice core from Roosevelt Island was drilled for the Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project to establish the history of deglaciation of the Ross Sea. Evidence of glacial retreat in the Ross Sea Embayment shows that deglaciation happened in several stages of rapid collapse and persisted well after the melting of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets was complete. The drill location on a small island surrounded by sea ice makes dating the core a challenge. We present a timescale for Roosevelt Island using mixing ratios of methane in air preserved within the ice core measured continuously with a Picarro laser spectrometer as well as in high-resolution with gas chromatography (GC). Discrete data from GC analysis over the top 400m of core replicate both the magnitude and variations from other high-resolution ice core records from WAIS Divide, Law Dome, GISP2 and NEEM S1. Both the continuous and discrete methane records of the RICE core were matched to these established records and provide an accurate and consistent depth-age relationship for the past 3.6kyr. The deeper part of the core was measured continuously in July 2014. First inspection of the data suggests that the oldest section of the core reaches into the previous interglacial (Eemian). We will present preliminary evaluated continuous methane data for the deeper part of the core together with a first time scale for the Roosevelt Island ice core.

  2. Cryogenic EBSD reveals structure of directionally solidified ice–polymer composite

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    Donius, Amalie E., E-mail: amalie.donius@gmail.com [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Obbard, Rachel W., E-mail: Rachel.W.Obbard@dartmouth.edu [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Burger, Joan N., E-mail: ridge.of.the.ancients@gmail.com [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Hunger, Philipp M., E-mail: philipp.m.hunger@gmail.com [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Baker, Ian, E-mail: Ian.Baker@dartmouth.edu [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States); Doherty, Roger D., E-mail: dohertrd@drexel.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Wegst, Ulrike G.K., E-mail: ulrike.wegst@dartmouth.edu [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755 (United States)

    2014-07-01

    Despite considerable research efforts on directionally solidified or freeze-cast materials in recent years, little fundamental knowledge has been gained that links model with experiment. In this contribution, the cryogenic characterization of directionally solidified polymer solutions illustrates, how powerful cryo-scanning electron microscopy combined with electron backscatter diffraction is for the structural characterization of ice–polymer composite materials. Under controlled sublimation, the freeze-cast polymer scaffold structure is revealed and imaged with secondary electrons. Electron backscatter diffraction fabric analysis shows that the ice crystals, which template the polymer scaffold and create the lamellar structure, have a-axes oriented parallel to the direction of solidification and the c-axes perpendicular to it. These results indicate the great potential of both cryo-scanning electron microscopy and cryo-electron backscatter diffraction in gaining fundamental knowledge of structure–property–processing correlations. - Highlights: • Cryo-SEM of freeze-cast polymer solution reveals an ice-templated structure. • Cryo-EBSD reveals the ice crystal a-axis to parallel the solidification direction. • The honeycomb-like polymer phase favors columnar ridges only on one side. • Combining cryo-SEM with EBSD links solidification theory with experiment.

  3. Towards interpreting nitrate-?15N records in ice cores in terms of nitrogen oxide sources

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    Hastings, M. G.; Buffen, A. M.

    2011-12-01

    The isotopic composition of nitrate preserved in ice cores offers unique potential for reconstructing past contributions of nitrogen oxides (NOx = NO and NO2) to the atmosphere. Sources of NOx imprint a nitrogen stable isotopic (?15N) signature, which can be conserved during subsequent oxidation to form nitrate. Major sources of NOx include fossil fuels combustion, biomass burning, microbial processes in soils, and lightning, and thus a quantitative tracer of emissions would help detail connections between the atmosphere, the biosphere, and climate. Unfortunately, the ?15N signatures of most NOx sources are not yet well enough constrained to allow for quantitative partitioning, though new methodology for directly collecting NOx for isotopic analysis is promising (Fibiger and Hastings, A43D-0265, AGU 2010). Still, a growing network of ice core ?15N records may offer insight into source signatures, as different sources are important to different regions of the world. For example, a 300-year ice core record of nitrate-?15N from Summit, Greenland shows a clear and significant 12% (vs. N2) decrease since the Preindustrial that reflects emissions from fossil fuel combustion and/or soils related to changing agricultural practices in North America and Europe. Over the same time period, Antarctic ice cores show no such trend in ?15N. This would be consistent with previous work suggesting that biomass burning and/or stratospheric intrusion of NOx produced from N2O oxidation are dominant sources for nitrate formation at high southern latitudes. In comparison to the polar records, nitrate in tropical ice cores should represent more significant inputs from lightning, microbial processes in soils, and biomass burning. This may be reflected in new results from a high-elevation site in the Peruvian Andes that shows strong seasonal ?15N cycles of up to 15% (vs. N2). We compare and contrast these records in an effort to evaluate the contribution of NOx sources to nitrate over time.

  4. Reconstruction of recent climate change in Alaska from the Aurora Peak ice core, central Alaska

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    Tsushima, A.; Matoba, S.; Shiraiwa, T.; Okamoto, S.; Sasaki, H.; Solie, D. J.; Yoshikawa, K.

    2015-02-01

    A 180.17 m ice core was drilled at Aurora Peak in the central part of the Alaska Range, Alaska, in 2008 to allow reconstruction of centennial-scale climate change in the northern North Pacific. The 10 m depth temperature in the borehole was -2.2 °C, which corresponded to the annual mean air temperature at the drilling site. In this ice core, there were many melt-refreeze layers due to high temperature and/or strong insolation during summer seasons. We analyzed stable hydrogen isotopes (?D) and chemical species in the ice core. The ice core age was determined by annual counts of ?D and seasonal cycles of Na+, and we used reference horizons of tritium peaks in 1963 and 1964, major volcanic eruptions of Mount Spurr in 1992 and Mount Katmai in 1912, and a large forest fire in 2004 as age controls. Here, we show that the chronology of the Aurora Peak ice core from 95.61 m to the top corresponds to the period from 1900 to the summer season of 2008, with a dating error of ± 3 years. We estimated that the mean accumulation rate from 1997 to 2007 (except for 2004) was 2.04 m w.eq. yr-1. Our results suggest that temporal variations in ?D and annual accumulation rates are strongly related to shifts in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation index (PDOI). The remarkable increase in annual precipitation since the 1970s has likely been the result of enhanced storm activity associated with shifts in the PDOI during winter in the Gulf of Alaska.

  5. Air bubble migration rates as a proxy for bubble pressure distribution in ice cores

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    Dadic, Ruzica; Schneebeli, Martin; Bertler, Nancy

    2015-04-01

    Air bubble migration can be used as a proxy to measure the pressure of individual bubbles and can help constrain the gradual close-off of gas bubbles and the resulting age distribution of gases in ice cores. The close-off depth of single bubbles can vary by tens of meters, which leads to a distribution of pressures for bubbles at a given depth. The age distribution of gases (along with gas-age-ice-age differences) decreases the resolution of the gas level reconstructions from ice cores and limits our ability to determine the phase relationship between gas and ice, and thus, the impact of rapid changes of greenhouse gases on surface temperatures. For times of rapid climate change, including the last 150 years, and abrupt climate changes further back in the past, knowledge of the age distribution of the gases trapped in air bubbles will enable us to refine estimates of atmospheric changes. When a temperature gradient is applied to gas bubbles in an ice sample, the bubbles migrate toward warmer ice. This motion is caused by sublimation from the warm wall and subsequent frost deposition on the cold wall. The migration rate depends on ice temperature and bubble pressure and is proportional to the temperature gradient. The spread in migration rates for bubbles in the same samples at given temperatures should therefore reflect the variations in bubble pressures within a sample. Air bubbles with higher pressures would have been closed off higher in the firn column and thus have had time to equilibrate with the surrounding ice pressure, while air bubbles that have been closed off recently would have pressures that are similar to todays atmospheric pressure above the firn column. For ice under pressures up to ~13-16 bar, the pressure distribution of bubbles from a single depth provides a record of the trapping function of air bubbles in the firn column for a certain time in the past. We will present laboratory experiments on air bubble migration, using Antarctic ice core samples from a range of depths, to show that air bubble migration is a valid proxy for bubble pressure and can thus be used to determine the trapping function of air bubbles and gas age distribution for past conditions.

  6. Towards a bipolar layer-counted ice-core chronology for the 41-75 ka time interval

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    Svensson, Anders; Bigler, Matthias; Blunier, Thomas; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Fischer, Hubertus; Kipfstuhl, Sepp; Rasmussen, Sune; Schwander, Jakob; Seierstad, Inger; Steffensen, Jørgen Peder; Vallelonga, Paul; Vinther, Bo; Wegner, Anna; Wilhelms, Frank; Winstrup, Mai

    2015-04-01

    Precise chronologies have been developed for Greenland and Antarctic ice cores based on counting of annual layers in high-resolution water isotope and impurity profiles. Antarctic ice cores are layer-counted back to 31 ka (WAIS Divide ice core) whereas Greenland ice cores are dated back to 60 ka (NGRIP ice core, GICC05 time scale). Beyond 60 ka, in Marine Isotope Stage 4 (MIS4), annual layers in Greenland are thin (less than 1 cm in NGRIP in the coldest periods) and annual layer counting is more uncertain. In the Antarctic EDML ice core annual layers are somewhat thicker over most of MIS4 although they are still marginal for counting. Greenland and Antarctic ice cores are tightly linked at the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion (41 ka) and at the Toba YTT eruption (74 ka) providing end constrains for the investigated time interval. In this work, annual layer counting has been performed in parallel in the NGRIP and EDML ice cores for the time interval 41-75 ka using high-resolution records of visual stratigraphy, dust concentrations, and continuous chemistry. For NGRIP the GICC05 time scale is adapted for the period 41-60 ka. The NGRIP and EDML ice cores are then synchronized by identifying series of bipolar volcanic eruptions in acidity records of electrolytic conductivity, sulfur concentrations, and electric measurements of the solid ice (ECM and DEP). The synchronization is constrained by the layer counting that provides interval durations between volcanic markers. In some periods, a pattern of several bipolar volcanic events provides robust synchronization, but there are longer intervals for which there are no synchronization due to the lack of unambiguous bipolar markers. Over periods of robust synchronization the North-South phasing of climate (water isotopes) and dust concentrations can be investigated at decadal precision. During MIS4 the resulting time scale shows a North-South phasing somewhat different from that of the modelled AICC2012 time scale.

  7. Recent climate tendencies on an East Antarctic ice shelf inferred from a shallow firn core network

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    Schlosser, E; Anschütz, H; Divine, D; Martma, T; Sinisalo, A; Altnau, S; Isaksson, E

    2014-01-01

    Nearly three decades of stable isotope ratios and surface mass balance (SMB) data from eight shallow firn cores retrieved at Fimbul Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, in the Austral summers 2009–2011 have been investigated. An additional longer core drilled in 2000/2001 extends the series back to the early eighteenth century. Isotope ratios and SMB from the stacked record of all cores were also related to instrumental temperature data from Neumayer Station on Ekström Ice Shelf. Since the second half of the twentieth century, the SMB shows a statistically significant negative trend, whereas the ?18O of the cores shows a significant positive trend. No trend is found in air temperature at the nearest suitable weather station, Neumayer (available since 1981). This does not correspond to the statistically significant positive trend in Southern Annular Mode (SAM) index, which is usually associated with a cooling of East Antarctica. SAM index and SMB are negatively correlated, which might be explained by a decrease in meridional exchange of energy and moisture leading to lower precipitation amounts. Future monitoring of climate change on the sensitive Antarctic ice shelves is necessary to assess its consequences for sea level change. Key Points Mass balance and stable oxygen isotope ratios from shallow firn cores Decreasing trend in surface mass balance, no trend in stable isotopes Negative correlation between SAM and SMB PMID:25821663

  8. Chronological refinement of an ice core record at Upper Fremont Glacier in south central North America

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    Schuster, P.F.; White, D.E.; Naftz, D.L.; Cecil, L.D.

    2000-01-01

    The potential to use ice cores from alpine glaciers in the midlatitudes to reconstruct paleoclimatic records has not been widely recognized. Although excellent paleoclimatic records exist for the polar regions, paleoclimatic ice core records are not common from midlatitude locations. An ice core removed from the Upper Fremont Glacier in Wyoming provides evidence for abrupt climate change during the mid-1800s. Volcanic events (Krakatau and Tambora) identified from electrical conductivity measurements (ECM) and isotopic and chemical data from the Upper Fremont Glacier were reexamined to confirm and refine previous chronological estimates of the ice core. At a depth of 152 m the refined age-depth profile shows good agreement (1736 ?? 10 A.D.) with the 14C age date (1729 ?? 95 A.D.). The ??18O profile of the Upper Fremont Glacier (UFG) ice core indicates a change in climate known as the Little Ice Age (LIA). However, the sampling interval for ??18O is sufficiently large (20 cm) such that it is difficult to pinpoint the LIA termination on the basis of ??18O data alone. Other research has shown that changes in the ??18O variance are generally coincident with changes in ECM variance. The ECM data set contains over 125,000 data points at a resolution of 1 data point per millimeter of ice core. A 999-point running average of the ECM data set and results from f tests indicates that the variance of the ECM data decreases significantly at about 108 m. At this depth, the age-depth profile predicts an age of 1845 A.D. Results indicate the termination of the LIA was abrupt with a major climatic shift to warmer temperatures around 1845 A.D. and continuing to present day. Prediction limits (error bars) calculated for the profile ages are ??10 years (90% confidence level). Thus a conservative estimate for the time taken to complete the LIA climatic shift to present-day climate is about 10 years, suggesting the LIA termination in alpine regions of central North America may have occurred on a relatively short (decadal) timescale. Copyright 2000 by the American Geophysical Union.

  9. Ice-volcano interactions during the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, as revealed by airborne imaging radar

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    Magnússon, E.; Gudmundsson, M. T.; Roberts, M. J.; Sigurã°Sson, G.; HöSkuldsson, F.; Oddsson, B.

    2012-07-01

    During the eruption of the ice-covered Eyjafjallajökull volcano, a series of images from an airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) were obtained by the Icelandic Coast Guard. Cloud obscured the summit from view during the first three days of the eruption, making the weather-independent SAR a valuable monitoring resource. Radar images revealed the development of ice cauldrons in a 200 m thick ice cover within the summit caldera, as well as the formation of cauldrons to the immediate south of the caldera. Additionally, radar images were used to document the subglacial and supraglacial passage of floodwater to the north and south of the eruption site. The eruption breached the ice surface about four hours after its onset at about 01:30 UTC on 14 April 2010. The first SAR images, obtained between 08:55 and 10:42 UTC, show signs of limited supraglacial drainage from the eruption site. Floodwater began to drain from the ice cap almost 5.5 h after the beginning of the eruption, implying storage of meltwater at the eruption site due to initially constricted subglacial drainage from the caldera. Heat transfer rates from magma to ice during early stages of cauldron formation were about 1 MW m-2 in the radial direction and about 4 MW m-2 vertically. Meltwater release was characterized by accumulation and drainage with most of the volcanic material in the ice cauldrons being drained in hyperconcentrated floods. After the third day of the eruption, meltwater generation at the eruption site diminished due to an insulating lag of tephra.

  10. Reassessment of Crete (Greenland) ice core acidity/volcanism link to climate change

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    Crowley, T.J.; Criste, T.A.; Smith, N.R. (Applied Research Corp., College Station, TX (United States))

    1993-02-05

    Previous comparisons of the Crete (Greenland) ice core acidity record with climate variations of the last 1,400 years suggested that changes in volcanism may have significantly influenced climate on this time scale. However, the ice core acidity record consists of volcanically-induced spikes superimposed on a background acidity of nonvolcanic origin that varied significantly in amplitude. Herein the authors produce a record of Crete volcanism based solely on an objective definition of individual volcanic events in the ice core record. There are 92 acidity peaks in the 1,420-year record. Since at least 26% of the post-1,600 eruptions are of local (Icelandic) origin, they estimate a mean recurrence interval of 20.8 years for hemispheric-scale eruptions rich in sulphate. On decadal time scales, volcanism has varied by a factor of three-four over the last 1,400 years. However, the climate-volcanism correlation is considerably less impressive (r = [minus]0.23) than previously concluded (r = [minus]0.52). The good correspondence between volcanism and climate previously reported are due to background acidity levels that show a significant Little Ice Age increase. The background increase may reflect changes in ocean productivity. 24 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Properties of grain boundary networks in the NEEM ice core analyzed by combined transmission and reflection optical microscopy

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    Binder, Tobias; Weikusat, Ilka; Garbe, Christoph; Svensson, Anders; Kipfstuhl, Sepp

    2014-05-01

    Microstructure analysis of ice cores is vital to understand the processes controlling the flow of ice on the microscale. To quantify the microstructural variability (and thus occurring processes) on centimeter, meter and kilometer scale along deep polar ice cores, a large number of sections has to be analyzed. In the last decade, two different methods have been applied: On the one hand, transmission optical microscopy of thin sections between crossed polarizers yields information on the distribution of crystal c-axes. On the other hand, reflection optical microscopy of polished and controlled sublimated section surfaces allows to characterize the high resolution properties of a single grain boundary, e.g. its length, shape or curvature (further developed by [1]). Along the entire NEEM ice core (North-West Greenland, 2537 m length) drilled in 2008-2011 we applied both methods to the same set of vertical sections. The data set comprises series of six consecutive 6 x 9 cm2 sections in steps of 20 m - in total about 800 images. A dedicated method for automatic processing and matching both image types has recently been developed [2]. The high resolution properties of the grain boundary network are analyzed. Furthermore, the automatic assignment of c-axis misorientations to visible sublimation grooves enables us to quantify the degree of similarity between the microstructure revealed by both analysis techniques. The reliability to extract grain boundaries from both image types as well as the appearance of sublimation groove patterns exhibiting low misorientations is investigated. X-ray Laue diffraction measurements (yielding full crystallographic orientation) have validated the sensitivity of the surface sublimation method for sub-grain boundaries [3]. We introduce an approach for automatic extraction of sub-grain structures from sublimation grooves. A systematic analysis of sub-grain boundary densities indicates a possible influence of high impurity contents (amongst others visible in ice-penetrating radar measurements) on the generation of sub-grain boundaries. [1] S. Kipfstuhl et al., 2006, Journal of Glaciology, 52, 398-406 [2] T. Binder et al., 2013, Journal of Microscopy, 250, 130-141 [3] I. Weikusat et al., 2011, Journal of Glaciology, 57, 111-120

  12. Gas Hydrate-Sediment Morphologies Revealed by Pressure Core Analysis

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    Holland, M.; Schultheiss, P.; Roberts, J.; Druce, M.

    2006-12-01

    Analysis of HYACINTH pressure cores collected on IODP Expedition 311 and NGHP Expedition 1 showed gas hydrate layers, lenses, and veins contained in fine-grained sediments as well as gas hydrate contained in coarse-grained layers. Pressure cores were recovered from sediments on the Cascadia Margin off the North American West Coast and in the Krishna-Godavari Basin in the Western Bay of Bengal in water depths of 800- 1400 meters. Recovered cores were transferred to laboratory chambers without loss of pressure and nondestructive measurements were made at in situ pressures and controlled temperatures. Gamma density, P-wave velocity, and X-ray images showed evidence of grain-displacing and pore-filling gas hydrate in the cores. Data highlights include X-ray images of fine-grained sediment cores showing wispy subvertical veins of gas hydrate and P-wave velocity excursions corresponding to grain-displacing layers and pore-filling layers of gas hydrate. Most cores were subjected to controlled depressurization experiments, where expelled gas was collected, analyzed for composition, and used to calculate gas hydrate saturation within the core. Selected cores were stored under pressure for postcruise analysis and subsampling.

  13. Recent Increase in Elemental Carbon Concentration and Deposition in a Svalbard Ice Core

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    Ruppel, M.; Isaksson, E. D.; Ström, J.; Svensson, J.; Beaudon, E.; Korhola, A.

    2013-12-01

    Black carbon (BC) is an aerosol produced by incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuels. Due to its strong light absorption it warms the atmosphere. Climate effects of BC are intensified in the Arctic where its deposition on snow and ice decreases surface albedo, causing earlier spring melt and associated feedbacks. Despite the significant role of BC in Arctic climate warming, there is little information on its concentrations and climate effects in the Arctic in time periods preceding direct observational data. Here we present first results on BC (here operationally defined as elemental carbon (EC)) concentrations and deposition on a Svalbard (European Arctic) glacier (Holtedahlfonna) from 1700 to 2004. The inner part of a 125 m deep ice core was melted, filtered and analyzed for apparent elemental carbon using a thermal optical method. EC concentrations (?g L-1) and the deposition (mg m-2 yr-1) were generally low in the pre-industrial era. Concentrations peaked around 1910 and again around 1950, whereas only the 1910 peak was recorded in the EC deposition, followed by decreasing deposition values. Strikingly, both EC concentration and deposition started to increase rapidly from the 1970s until 2004. This rise is not seen in any thus far published European or Arctic ice core, and it seems to contradict atmospheric BC measurements from the Arctic which indicate decreasing atmospheric BC concentrations since the beginning of the observations at the end of 1980s. However, the magnitude of the measured concentrations is in accordance with previous ice core EC measurements from the European Alps and a BC concentration and deposition peak around 1910 has also been recorded in Greenland ice cores. Work is continuing to disentangle the cause of the increasing EC values in the recent decades suggested by the present ice core. Contribution from any local sources has been ruled out. Back trajectory modeling is carried out to establish the EC source areas. The present results might indicate some long-range transport of EC to Svalbard, since BC emissions have decreased or stayed constant in Europe and North America for the last decades, whereas the emissions from China, India and parts of the former USSR have increased at the same time. Regardless of the cause of the increasing EC values, these results have significant implications to the past radiative transfer at the coring site. This project will continue with modeling of the past EC surface radiative forcing in the Holtedahlfonna area based on the present results.

  14. Postdepositional losses of methane sulfonate, nitrate, and chloride at the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica

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    Fischer, Hubertus

    Coring in Antarctica deep-drilling site in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica R. Weller,1 F. Traufetter,1,2 H) drilling site in Dronning Maud Land (DML) (75°S, 0°E). Analyses of four intermediate deep firn cores and 13, and chloride at the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica deep-drilling site in Dronning Maud Land

  15. Continuous and discrete measurements of atmospheric methane from an ice core from Roosevelt Island, East Ross Sea, Antarctica

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    Lee, James; Brook, Ed; Blunier, Thomas; Paul, Vallelonga; Bertler, Nancy

    2014-05-01

    A new ice core from Roosevelt Island was drilled for the Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project to establish the history of deglaciation of the Ross Sea through the Holocene. Evidence of glacial retreat in the Ross Sea Embayment shows that deglaciation happened in several stages of rapid collapse and persisted well after the melting of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets was complete. The ice rise on Roosevelt Island records the timing of the last leap when the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) receded past Roosevelt Island. In order to discern the timing of deglaciation, a precise age-depth relationship is required for the RICE ice core. We present a timescale for Roosevelt Island using mixing ratios of methane in air preserved within the ice core measured continuously with a Picarro laser spectrometer as well as in high-resolution with gas chromatography (GC). Discrete data from GC analysis over the top 400m of core replicate both the magnitude and variations from other high-resolution ice core records from WAIS Divide, Law Dome, GISP2 and NEEM S1. Both the continuous and discrete methane records of the RICE core were matched to these established records and provide an accurate and consistent depth-age relationship for the past 3.6kyr. Future work on the 400-750m depth section is expected to extend the RICE chronology to at least the Last Glacial Maximum.

  16. Competitive market analysis can reveal your core costs.

    PubMed

    1999-07-01

    Peeling away layers of structure and exposing core costs allows provider groups to stay nimble in the marketplace. That's the value of a market performance analysis developed by a national consultant. PMID:10539518

  17. Constraining Glacial input of phosphorus to the oceans based on Greenland ice core evidence

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kjær, Helle Astrid; Goto-Azuma, Kumiko; Dallmayr, Remi; Hirabayashi, Motohiro; Vallelonga, Paul; Svensson, Anders

    2014-05-01

    Ice cores provide insight to past environmental conditions and Greenland ice cores can cover continuous records back to the previous interglacial period. Phosphorus is believed to have been the limiting nutrient for the ocean primary production in the past. Not much is known, however, about the atmospheric delivery of phosphorus to the oceans over time. In this study phosphate concentrations have been measured in the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) ice core for the period 35.6 to 25.2 kyr b2k. Phosphate was determined continuously in selected ice core sections using a molybdenum blue method and discretely by ion chromatography (IC). 20th century phosphate concentrations have recently been reported for a firn core from the North East Greenland Ice Stream (NEGIS), showing a fairly constant level, with a mean value of 2.7 nM. For the last glacial period, the molybdenum blue method indicated concentrations between 3 and 32 nM, whereas the IC method indicated higher concentrations. The deviation between the methods is strongly correlated (corr=0.9) to the dust content in the sample, suggesting that part of the phosphorus attached to dust particles does not instantly become labile after melting, but slowly (within hours) dissolves in the water. Both methods show higher concentrations during colder periods (stadials). The concentration differences between glacial mild and cold periods correlate positively to the dust variability suggesting that changes are linked to transport, however for very high phosphate loads (last glacial maximum) the relationship between phosphate and dust is weaker, suggesting secondary phosphate sources. We estimate that glacial atmospheric fluxes of phosphorus to the northern Hemisphere high latitude open oceans were 4 to 11 times higher during the glacial period as compared to recent Holocene, with the highest input during the stadials. For the recent century we find that between 4 and 100 % of the dissolved reactive phosphorus has a dust source, and between 4 and 38 % is of biogenic origin. We find no correlation with sea salt and no evidence of recent anthropogenic changes of the phosphate concentration.

  18. Retrieving a common accumulation record from Greenland ice cores for the past 1800 years

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    Andersen, K. K.; Ditlevsen, P. D.; Rasmussen, S. O.; Clausen, H. B.; Vinther, B. M.; Johnsen, S. J.; Steffensen, J. P.

    2006-08-01

    In the accumulation zone of the Greenland ice sheet the annual accumulation rate may be determined through identification of the annual cycle in the isotopic climate signal and other parameters that exhibit seasonal variations. On an annual basis the accumulation rate in different Greenland ice cores is highly variable, and the degree of correlation between accumulation series from different ice cores is low. However, when using multiyear averages of the different accumulation records, the correlation increases significantly. A statistical model has been developed to estimate the common climate signal in the different accumulation records through optimization of the ratio between the variance of the common signal and of the residual. Using this model, a common Greenland accumulation record for the past 1800 years has been extracted. The record shows significant 11.9 years periodicity. A sharp transition to very dry conditions is found just before A.D. 1200, and very dry conditions during the 13th century together with dry and cold spells during the 14th century may have put extra strain on the Norse population in Greenland and may have contributed to their extinction. Accumulation rates gradually decrease from a distinct maximum in A.D. 1394 to very dry conditions in the late 17th century and thus reflect the Little Ice Age.

  19. The ice-core record - Climate sensitivity and future greenhouse warming

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Lorius; D. Raynaud; J. Jouzel; J. Hansen; H. Le Treut

    1990-01-01

    The prediction of future greenhouse-gas-warming depends critically on the sensitivity of earth's climate to increasing atmospheric concentrations of these gases. Data from cores drilled in polar ice sheets show a remarkable correlation between past glacial-interglacial temperature changes and the inferred atmospheric concentration of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. These and other palaeoclimate data are used to assess the

  20. Late glacial stage and holocene tropical ice core records from Huascaran, Peru

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    L. G. Thompson; K. A. Henderson; J. F. Bolzan

    1995-01-01

    Two ice cores from the col of Huascaran in the north-central Andes of Peru contain a paleoclimatic history extending well into the Wisconsinan (Wuerm) Glacial Stage and include evidence of the Younger Dryas cool phase. Glacial stage conditions at high elevations in the tropics appear to have been as much as 8° to 12°C cooler than today, the atmosphere contained

  1. Evidence from an Ice Core of a Large Impact Circa 1443 A.D

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    D. Abbott; P. Biscaye; J. Cole-Dai; D. Breger

    2005-01-01

    Published data on melt water from the Siple Dome ice core show distinct anomalies at 1443.16 A.D. The Ca value is 111 ppb, over 9 times the next highest Ca value between 850-1760 A.D. The K value is 20 ppb, about 1.4 times the next highest K value. The Ca anomaly may be due to partial dissolution of CaCO3 microfossils

  2. Constraining recent lead pollution sources in the North Pacific using ice core stable lead isotopes

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    Gross, B. H.; Kreutz, K. J.; Osterberg, E. C.; McConnell, J. R.; Handley, M.; Wake, C. P.; Yalcin, K.

    2012-08-01

    Trends and sources of lead (Pb) aerosol pollution in the North Pacific rim of North America from 1850 to 2001 are investigated using a high-resolution (subannual to annual) ice core record recovered from Eclipse Icefield (3017 masl; St. Elias Mountains, Canada). Beginning in the early 1940s, increasing Pb concentration at Eclipse Icefield occurs coevally with anthropogenic Pb deposition in central Greenland, suggesting that North American Pb pollution may have been in part or wholly responsible in both regions. Isotopic ratios (208Pb/207Pb and 206Pb/207Pb) from 1970 to 2001 confirm that a portion of the Pb deposited at Eclipse Icefield is anthropogenic, and that it represents a variable mixture of East Asian (Chinese and Japanese) emissions transported eastward across the Pacific Ocean and a North American component resulting from transient meridional atmospheric flow. Based on comparison with source material Pb isotope ratios, Chinese and North American coal combustion have likely been the primary sources of Eclipse Icefield Pb over the 1970-2001 time period. The Eclipse Icefield Pb isotope composition also implies that the North Pacific mid-troposphere is not directly impacted by transpolar atmospheric flow from Europe. Annually averaged Pb concentrations in the Eclipse Icefield ice core record show no long-term trend during 1970-2001; however, increasing208Pb/207Pb and decreasing 206Pb/207Pb ratios reflect the progressive East Asian industrialization and increase in Asian pollutant outflow. The post-1970 decrease in North American Pb emissions is likely necessary to explain the Eclipse Icefield Pb concentration time series. When compared with low (lichen) and high (Mt. Logan ice core) elevation Pb data, the Eclipse ice core record suggests a gradual increase in pollutant deposition and stronger trans-Pacific Asian contribution with rising elevation in the mountains of the North Pacific rim.

  3. A 110,000Yr Record of Explosive Volcanism from the GISP2 (Greenland) Ice Core

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    Gregory A. Zielinski; Paul A. Mayewski; L. David Meeker; S. Whitlow; Mark S. Twickler

    1996-01-01

    The time series of volcanically produced sulfate from the GISP2 ice core is used to develop a continuous record of explosive volcanism over the past 110,000 yr. We identified ?850 volcanic signals (700 of these from 110,000 to 9000 yr ago) with sulfate concentrations greater than that associated with historical eruptions from either equatorial or mid-latitude regions that are known

  4. Chemical compositions of soluble particles around the Termination 1 in the Dome Fuji ice core

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    Oyabu, I.; Iizuka, Y.; Sakurai, T.; Suzuki, T.; Miyake, T.; Hirabayashi, M.; Motoyama, H.; Hondoh, T.

    2012-04-01

    Micro sized particles preserved in Antarctic ice cores are useful proxies for reconstructing past climate and environmental changes. The recent studies on chemical compounds of the particles by using the Dome Fuji ice core showed that sulfate salts were main soluble particles, and chemical compositions of primary sulfate salt were calcium sulfate during the glacial maximum and sodium sulfate during the Holocene #1. However, it is still unknown that how chemical compositions of sulfate particles have changed on millennial time scale. In this study, we focused on sulfate salts and sea salts (precursor of sulfate salts) and measured constituent element of non-volatile particles in the Dome Fuji ice core around the Termination 1(9-25 kyr BP). A total of 48 samples were distributed from Dome Fuji ice core section from 298.900m to 582.590m (Holocene to Last Glacial Maximum: LGM, 9-25 kyr BP), with a time resolution of about 320 year. Non-volatile particles were extracted from the samples by sublimation system #2. Constituent elements and diameter of each non-volatile particle were measured by scanning electron micro scope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). By using a method in our recent paper #3, we made a classification of non-volatile particles into insoluble dust, soluble sulfate salts and soluble chloride salts. Also we assumed that particles containing Ca and S are calcium sulfate, particles containing Na and S are sodium sulfate and particles containing Na and Cl are sodium chloride. We found several fluctuations of calcium sulfate, sodium sulfate, and sodium chloride around the Termination 1, and these fluctuations are associated with changes in terrestrial as well as marine environments. Main sulfate salts changed from calcium sulfate to sodium sulfate after 16.5 kyr BP. A plausible explanation is that sulfuric acid in atmosphere became to react with sodium chloride instead of dusts (calcium carbonate) after 16.5 kyr BP, because atmospheric dust concentrations decreased to Holocene level around 16.5 kyr BP #4. Mass ratio of sodium sulfate+ sodium chloride (soluble sodium salt) to total particles showed 3 peaks at 16.5, 13 and 10 kyr BP. These peak ages were consistent with those of sea ice expansion in southern Atlantic Ocean which was reconstructed from the diatoms abundance of sea ice indicator in a marine sediment core #5. Therefore the mass fraction of the sodium salt probably reflects the sea ice expansion in southern Atlantic Ocean. #1 Ohno, H., M. Igarashi and T. Hondoh, Characteristics of salt inclusions in polar ice from Dome Fuji, East Antarctica, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L08501, doi: 10.1029/2006GL025774, 2006. #2 Iizuka, Y. and 6 others, Constituent elements of insoluble and non-volatile particles during the Last Glacial Maximum exhibited in the Dome Fuji (Antarctica) ice core, J. Glaciol., 55(191),58-64, 2009. #3 Iizuka, Y. and 9 others, The rates of sea salt sulfatization in the atmosphere and surface snow of inland Antarctica. J. Geophys. Res. In press #4 Delmas, R.J. and 6 others, Linking Antarctic glaciochemical records to past climatic conditions, Mem. Natl Inst. Polar Res., Special Issue 57, 105-120, 2003. #5 Bianchi, C., R. Gersonde, Climate evolution at the last deglaciation: the role of the Southern Ocean. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 228, 407-424, 2004.

  5. corded in ice cores is not steady; instead it comes in a series of pulses-just what you

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    Doebley, John

    depths of between 500 and 700 meters-just where the ice-age drop in sea level might have decomposedcorded in ice cores is not steady; instead it comes in a series of pulses-just what you would signal-and the cloud of methane rising from the sea sur- face might choke the engines of planes. While

  6. Comparative evaluation of the indigenous microbial diversity vs. drilling fluid contaminants in the NEEM Greenland ice core.

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    Miteva, Vanya; Burlingame, Caroline; Sowers, Todd; Brenchley, Jean

    2014-08-01

    Demonstrating that the detected microbial diversity in nonaseptically drilled deep ice cores is truly indigenous is challenging because of potential contamination with exogenous microbial cells. The NEEM Greenland ice core project provided a first-time opportunity to determine the origin and extent of contamination throughout drilling. We performed multiple parallel cultivation and culture-independent analyses of five decontaminated ice core samples from different depths (100-2051 m), the drilling fluid and its components Estisol and Coasol, and the drilling chips collected during drilling. We created a collection of diverse bacterial and fungal isolates (84 from the drilling fluid and its components, 45 from decontaminated ice, and 66 from drilling chips). Their categorization as contaminants or intrinsic glacial ice microorganisms was based on several criteria, including phylogenetic analyses, genomic fingerprinting, phenotypic characteristics, and presence in drilling fluid, chips, and/or ice. Firmicutes and fungi comprised the dominant group of contaminants among isolates and cloned rRNA genes. Conversely, most Proteobacteria and Actinobacteria originating from the ice were identified as intrinsic. This study provides a database of potential contaminants useful for future studies of NEEM cores and can contribute toward developing standardized protocols for contamination detection and ensuring the authenticity of the microbial diversity in deep glacial ice. PMID:24450335

  7. Impact of climate fluctuations on deposition of DDT and hexachlorocyclohexane in mountain glaciers: evidence from ice core records.

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    Wang, Xiaoping; Gong, Ping; Zhang, Qianggong; Yao, Tandong

    2010-02-01

    How do climate fluctuations affect DDT and hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) distribution in the global scale? In this study, the interactions between climate variations and depositions of DDT and HCH in ice cores from Mt. Everest (the Tibetan Plateau), Mt. Muztagata (the eastern Pamirs) and the Rocky Mountains were investigated. All data regarding DDT/HCH deposition were obtained from the published results. Concentrations of DDT and HCH in an ice core from Mt. Everest were associated with the El Nino-Southern Oscillation. Concentrations of DDT in an ice core from Mt. Muztagata were significantly correlated with the Siberia High pattern. Concentrations of HCH in an ice core from Snow Dome of the Rocky Mountains responded to the North Atlantic Oscillation. These associations suggested that there are some linkages between climate variations and the global distribution of persistent organic pollutants. PMID:19775787

  8. A 10-century comparison of prominent bipolar volcanic events in ice cores

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    Langway, C. C.; Osada, K.; Clausen, H. B.; Hammer, C. U.; Shoji, H.

    1995-08-01

    Measurements of key chemical and physical parameters made along continuous and selected long sections of polar ice cores provide reliable past snow accumulation rates and other environmental records. The prime accumulation indicators include variations found in the stable isotopes, ionic constituents, and acidity concentration levels; and physical changes in the strata and structure. Cross correlations of the time series curves resulting from multiparameter analyses of ice cores from Antarctica (NBY89, SP78, BS68) and Greenland (CR74, D3 81, D3 18C) have been made. The results permit construction of a bipolar chemical stratigraphy chronology of volcanic events that is coherent with the ? 18O and Electrical Conductivity Method data sets and consistent back-in-time with historically recorded volcanic activity. A bihemispheric comparison of high non-sea-salt SO42- peaks shows strong correlation at 1885, 1836, 1816, 1810, 1459, 1346, 1287, 1278, 1259, 1228, and 1168 A.D. at time of snow deposit. The prominent 1259 A.D. volcanic signal appears to be a significant bipolar ice core index horizon.

  9. Evidence for an early Holocene climate optimum in the Antarctic deep ice-core record

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    Ciais, P.; Lipenkov, V.; Nicolaiev, V. [Institute of Geography, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1992-01-01

    In the interpretation of the Antarctic deep ice-core data, little attention has been given to the Holocene part of the records. As far as translation of the stable isotope content in terms of temperature is concerned, this can be understood because expected temperature changes may be obscured by isotopic noise of various origins and because no {sup 14}C dating has yet been available for this type of sequence. In this article, we focus on the Dome C and Vostok cores and on a new 850-m long ice core drilled out at Komsomolskaia by the Soviet Antarctic Expeditions. These three sites are located in East Antarctica, on the Antarctic plateau, in a region essentially undisturbed by ice-flow conditions, so that their detailed intercomparison may allow us to identify the climatically significant isotopic signal. Our results compare well with the proximal records of Southern Hemisphere high latitudes and support the existence of a warmer {open_quotes}climatic optimum{close_quotes} between 10 and 6 ka y BP. Maximum temperatures are reached just at the end of the last deglaciation, which confirms previous observations at high latitudes, in contrast with later dates for the Atlantic and hypsithermal optima in Europe and North America. 60 refs., 6 figs.

  10. 9,400 years of cosmic radiation and solar activity from ice cores and tree rings

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    Steinhilber, Friedhelm; Beer, Jürg; Brunner, Irene; Christl, Marcus; Fischer, Hubertus; Heikkilä, Ulla; Kubik, Peter W.; Mann, Mathias; McCracken, Ken G.; Miller, Heinrich; Miyahara, Hiroko; Oerter, Hans

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the temporal variation of cosmic radiation and solar activity during the Holocene is essential for studies of the solar-terrestrial relationship. Cosmic-ray produced radionuclides, such as 10Be and 14C which are stored in polar ice cores and tree rings, offer the unique opportunity to reconstruct the history of cosmic radiation and solar activity over many millennia. Although records from different archives basically agree, they also show some deviations during certain periods. So far most reconstructions were based on only one single radionuclide record, which makes detection and correction of these deviations impossible. Here we combine different 10Be ice core records from Greenland and Antarctica with the global 14C tree ring record using principal component analysis. This approach is only possible due to a new high-resolution 10Be record from Dronning Maud Land obtained within the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica in Antarctica. The new cosmic radiation record enables us to derive total solar irradiance, which is then used as a proxy of solar activity to identify the solar imprint in an Asian climate record. Though generally the agreement between solar forcing and Asian climate is good, there are also periods without any coherence, pointing to other forcings like volcanoes and greenhouse gases and their corresponding feedbacks. The newly derived records have the potential to improve our understanding of the solar dynamics and to quantify the solar influence on climate. PMID:22474348

  11. Local Sources for the "Megadust" Events at the WAIS Divide Ice Core

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    Borunda, A.; Winckler, G.; Goldstein, S. L.; Kaplan, M. R.; McConnell, J. R.; Dunbar, N. W.

    2014-12-01

    Mineral dust transported through the atmosphere affects the radiative balance of the planet, and can also affect climate on glacial-interglacial timescales by stimulating carbon export from the surface ocean. Tracking changes in dust fluxes and sources in paleoarchives, such as polar ice cores, allows us to reconstruct past atmospheric circulation patterns, dust transport pathways, and atmospheric aerosol loadings. The geographic source of mineral dust particles can be identified using geochemical tools, such as trace element chemistry and radiogenic isotope signatures. We extracted mineral particles and analyzed the Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic signatures from eight particle-rich "Megadust" layers in the WAIS Divide ice core in order to determine their sources. We also analyzed tephras from three local West Antarctic volcanoes: Mts. Takahe, Mt. Waesche, and Mt. Berlin. The "Megadust" events occurred between ~60-27ky and deposited mm-cm thick layers of mineral material in the WAIS Divide ice core. Previous hypotheses about the source of the Megadust particles suggested a distal continental source, but our chemical and isotopic analyses, as well as mineralogy, indicate that West Antarctic volcanoes are the dominant source of particles during these events. This further suggests that the active local volcanoes may have contributed to the West Antarctic dust load in discrete events, and that they may be a background source over longer time scales. In addition, these volcanic events may also be useful as stratigraphic markers in other West Antarctic climate archives.

  12. Mount Logan ice core record of tropical and solar influences on Aleutian Low variability: 500-1998 A.D.

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    Osterberg, Erich C.; Mayewski, Paul A.; Fisher, David A.; Kreutz, Karl J.; Maasch, Kirk A.; Sneed, Sharon B.; Kelsey, Eric

    2014-10-01

    Continuous, high-resolution paleoclimate records from the North Pacific region spanning the past 1500 years are rare; and the behavior of the Aleutian Low (ALow) pressure center, the dominant climatological feature in the Gulf of Alaska, remains poorly constrained. Here we present a continuous, 1500 year long, calibrated proxy record for the strength of the wintertime (December-March) ALow from the Mount Logan summit (PR Col; 5200 m asl) ice core soluble sodium time series. We show that ice core sodium concentrations are statistically correlated with North Pacific sea level pressure and zonal wind speed. Our ALow proxy record reveals a weak ALow from circa 900-1300 A.D. and 1575-1675 A.D., and a comparatively stronger ALow from circa 500-900 A.D., 1300-1575 A.D., and 1675 A.D. to present. The Mount Logan ALow proxy record shows strong similarities with tropical paleoclimate proxy records sensitive to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and is consistent with the hypothesis that the Medieval Climate Anomaly was characterized by more persistent La Niña-like conditions while the Little Ice Age was characterized by at least two intervals of more persistent El Niño-like conditions. The Mount Logan ALow proxy record is significantly (p < 0.05) correlated and coherent with solar irradiance proxy records over various time scales, with stronger solar irradiance generally associated with a weaker ALow and La Niña-like tropical conditions. However, a step-like increase in ALow strength during the Dalton solar minimum circa 1820 is associated with enhanced Walker circulation. Furthermore, rising CO2 forcing or internal variability may be masking the twentieth century rise in solar irradiance.

  13. Proposed re-dating of the European ice core chronology by seven years prior to the 7th century AD

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    M. G. L. Baillie

    2008-01-01

    Progress in the study of past climate change requires integration of historical documentation, tree-ring data and ice-core chemistry. Larsen et al. (2008) re-evaluate volcanic acid signals in the Dye-3, GRIP and NGRIP ice cores and identify large eruptions at 529 +\\/- 2 and 533-534 +\\/- 2; the latter claimed to cause the `dry fog' of 536-537 and environmental consequences to

  14. Proposed re-dating of the European ice core chronology by seven years prior to the 7th century AD

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    M. G. L. Baillie

    2008-01-01

    Progress in the study of past climate change requires integration of historical documentation, tree-ring data and ice-core chemistry. Larsen et al. (2008) re-evaluate volcanic acid signals in the Dye-3, GRIP and NGRIP ice cores and identify large eruptions at 529 ± 2 and 533–534 ± 2; the latter claimed to cause the ‘dry fog’ of 536–537 and environmental consequences to

  15. Improved stratigraphic dating at a low accumulation Alpine ice core through laser ablation trace element profiling at sub-mm depth resolution

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    Bohleber, Pascal; Spaulding, Nicole; Mayewski, Paul; Sneed, Sharon; Handley, Mike; Erhardt, Tobias; Wagenbach, Dietmar

    2015-04-01

    The small scale Colle Gnifetti glacier saddle (4450 m asl, Monte Rosa region) is the only ice core drilling site in the European Alps with a net accumulation low enough to offer multi-millennia climate records. However, a robust interpretation of such long term records (i.e. mineral dust, stable water isotopes) at the Colle Gnifetti (CG) multi core array is strongly challenged by depositional noise associated with a highly irregular annual layer stratigraphy. In combination with a relatively large vertical strain rate and rapid layer thinning, annual layer counting gets increasingly ambiguous as of approximately 100 years. In addition, this prevents clear attribution of likely volcanic horizons to historical eruption dates. To improve stratigraphic dating under such intricate conditions, we deployed laser ablation (LA) ICP-MS at sub-mm sample resolution. We present here the first LA impurity profiles from a new Colle Gnifetti ice core drilled 73 m to bedrock in 2013 at a site where the net snow accumulation is around 20 cm w.e. per year. We contrast the LA signal variability (including Ca, Fe, Na) to continuous flow analyses (CFA) records at cm-resolution (Ca, Na, melt water conductivity, micro- particle) recorded over the whole core length. Of special concern are the lower 28 m to bedrock, which have been continuously profiled in LA Ca, thus offering the direct comparison of Ca-signals between CFA and LA. By this means, we first validate at upper depths LA based annual layer identification through agreement with CFA based counting efforts before demonstrating the LA based counting still works at depths where CFA derived annual layers become spurious since embedded in strong, multi-year cycles. Finally, LA ice core profiling of our CG core has potential for not only dating improvement but also reveals benefits in resolving highly thinned basal ice sections including accounting for micro-structural features such as grain boundaries.

  16. Atmospheric CO2 and d13C-CO2 reconstruction of the Little Ice Age from Antarctic ice cores.

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    Rubino, Mauro; David, Etheridge; Trudinger, Cathy; Allison, Colin; Rayner, Peter; Mulvaney, Robert; Steele, Paul; Langenfeld, Ray; Sturges, William; Curran, Mark; Smith, Andrew

    2015-04-01

    The decrease of atmospheric CO2 concentration recorded in Antarctic ice around 1600 AD is one of the most significant atmospheric changes to have occurred during the last millennia, before the onset of the industrial period. Together with the temperature decrease, the CO2 drop has been used to derive the sensitivity of carbon stores to climate. However, the cause of it is still under debate because models are not yet able to reproduce either its magnitude, or its timing. Here we present new measurements of the CO2 concentration decrease recorded in an ice core from a medium accumulation rate site in Antarctica (DML). We show that the new record is compatible (differences <2 ppm) with the CO2 record from the high accumulation rate DSS site on Law Dome (East Antarctica), when the different age distributions are taken into account. We have also measured the d13C-CO2 change in DML ice, filling a gap around 1600 AD in the DSS d13C record. We use a double deconvolution of the CO2 and d13C records together to provide quantitative evidence that the CO2 decrease was caused by a change in the net flux to the terrestrial biosphere. Finally, we provide a new interpretation of a published record showing increasing atmospheric carbonyl sulphide during the CO2 decrease, suggesting that cooler LIA climate affected terrestrial biospheric fluxes. Altogether our findings support the hypothesis that reduced soil heterotrophic respiration is likely to have given the most significant contribution to the LIA CO2 decrease implying a positive CO2-climate feedback.

  17. A new direction for Antarctic ice cores: reconstructing Pacific decadal variability and Australian drought history from the Law Dome ice core.

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    Vance, Tessa; Roberts, Jason; Plummer, Chris; Kiem, Anthony; van Ommen, Tas

    2015-04-01

    Decadal scale SST oscillations in the Pacific significantly influence rainfall variability and drought risk across and beyond the Pacific region. Understanding long-term decadal SST behavior in the Pacific is necessary to assess past and future climate, particularly drought risk. However, short instrumental records through much of the Pacific region, in particular the South Pacific, make such assessments difficult. A new reconstruction of Pacific decadal variability covering the last millennium has been produced from the Law Dome ice core, a high snow accumulation site in East Antarctica. The Law Dome ice core samples (at sub-annual resolution) a broad mid-latitude swathe of the Indian and South West Pacific region. This region exhibits wind speed and direction anomalies that are coherent with the phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO), an index measuring the decadal-scale Pacific SST state. This is the first millennial length IPO reconstruction and is based on the annual accumulation (snowfall) and sub-annual sea salt (wind proxy) records from Law Dome. To demonstrate the versatility of this new IPO reconstruction, we used it to explore drought history in eastern Australia, a region where drought risk is elevated during IPO positive phases. To do this, we super-imposed the 1000 year IPO reconstruction on a Law Dome proxy for eastern Australian rainfall (previously shown to represent rainfall with high significance during IPO positive phases (r =0.406-0.677, p <0.0001-0.01). Eight 'mega-droughts' (dry periods >5 years duration) were identified over the last millennium. Six mega-droughts occurred between AD 1000-1320 including one 39 y drought (AD 1174-1212). Water resources and infrastructure planning in Australia has been based on very limited statistical certainty around drought risk due to the short (~100 year) instrumental record and lack of rainfall proxies. This study shows that, similar to SW North America, Australia also experienced mega-droughts during the medieval period. Knowledge of the occurrence, duration and frequency of such mega-droughts will greatly improve drought risk assessment in Australia. Importantly, this new IPO reconstruction will help with assessing climate risk over the longer term in the wider Pacific Basin, particularly in the data-sparse Southern Hemisphere. In addition, the hydrological application of producing an annually dated drought record to calculate long-term drought risk represents a new use of Antarctic ice core records.

  18. A 2800-year Siberian ice core record of vanillic acid and p-hydroxybenzoic acid

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    Grieman, M. M.; Saltzman, E. S.; McConnell, J. R.; Fritzsche, D.; Opel, T.

    2014-12-01

    Biomass burning plays an important role in atmospheric chemistry, the global carbon cycle, and climate. The relationship between burning and climate, and the factors that influence burning emissions over long timescales are not well understood. Therefore, well-dated records are needed to establish a history of biomass burning. In this study we examine the distribution of vanillic (VA) and p-hydroxybenzoic (p-HBA) acids in a Siberian Arctic ice core (Akademii Nauk) covering the past 2800 years. These molecules are produced by the incomplete combustion of lignin, incorporated into atmospheric aerosols, and transported/deposited on ice sheets. VA and p-HBA are generated from the combustion of conifers and grasses, respectively, but are not uniquely derived from these sources. These records should be considered qualitative because a wide range of aerosols is generated from various plant materials under different combustion conditions. The records may also reflect changes in source region locations, transport efficiency, and atmospheric removal prior to deposition. Ice core samples were analyzed using ion chromatography with electrospray MS/MS detection. VA and p-HBA levels were markedly elevated during three time periods. The most recent of these periods occurred from AD 1450-1720 (140-220 m). The timing of two earlier peaks is less well constrained. They are estimated to be from 300-700 AD (400-500 m) and from 800-400 BC (610-670 m). The similarity between VA and p-HBA suggests that the two compounds are derived from a common source. These three periods of elevated VA and p-HBA are not evident in nitrate, ammonium, or black carbon measurements from the same ice core or with high latitude sedimentary charcoal records from North America, Europe, or eastern Siberia.

  19. Reduction in northward incursions of the South Asian monsoon since ~1400 AD inferred from a Mt. Everest ice core

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    Kaspari, S.; Mayewski, P.; Kang, S.; Sneed, S.; Hou, S.; Hooke, R.; Kreutz, K.; Introne, D.; Handley, M.; Maasch, K.; Qin, D.; Ren, J.

    2007-08-01

    A highly resolved Mt. Everest ice core reveals a decrease in marine and increase in continental air masses related to relatively high summer surface pressure over Mongolia, and reduction in northward incursions of the summer South Asian monsoon since ~1400 AD. Previously published proxy records from lower sites south of the Himalayas indicate strengthening of the monsoon since this time. These regional differences are consistent with a south-north seesaw in convective activity in the Asian monsoon region, and reflect a southward shift in the mean summer position of the monsoon trough since ~1400 AD. The change in monsoonal circulation at 1400 AD is synchronous with a reduction in solar irradiance and the onset of the LIA. This demonstrates a hemispheric scale circulation reorganization at this time, and the potential for future large shifts in monsoonal circulation.

  20. The decrease in Greenland ice-core ?15N of nitrate in the industrial period: influenced by changes in atmospheric acidity?

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    Geng, L.; Cole-Dai, J.; Alexander, B.; Steig, E. J.; Schauer, A. J.; Savarino, J.

    2012-12-01

    Previous study in a central Greenland ice core has revealed a decreasing trend in ?15N of nitrate (?15N (nitrate)) starting as early as 1850 C.E.. Lake sediment cores from North America show a similar trend in ?15N of total nitrogen starting around 1895 C.E.. The decrease in ?15N has been proposed to be due to the increasing deposition of anthropogenically derived (i.e., fossil fuel combustion) nitrate in the industrial period. However, this interpretation is questioned by measurements of ?15N in NOx and atmospheric nitrate. Here, we present new, annually-resolved records of ?15N (nitrate) and major ion concentrations (Cl-, NO3-, SO42-, Na+, NH4+, K+, Mg2+, and Ca2+) obtained from two central Greenland ice cores. The results (Figure 1) indicate that the significant decrease in ?15N is coincident with an increase in acidity (H+ concentration estimated based on ionic balance) beginning around 1895 C.E., which is about 50 years earlier than the start of the increase in nitrate concentration (~1945 C.E.) . This observation suggests that it is likely the acidity change, instead of the input of anthropogenic nitrate, triggered the decrease in ice-core ?15N (nitrate). Atmospheric aerosol acidity influences the partitioning of atmospheric nitrate between its gaseous (HNO3) and particulate (p-NO3-) phases, resulting in a depletion of ?15N in HNO3 relative to p-NO3-. If atmospheric nitrate is transported to central Greenland preferentially in its gaseous form (HNO3), which is an open question, a decrease in ice-core ?15N (nitrate) would be expected with an increase in atmospheric acidity. We will examine the relationships between ?15N (nitrate) and the ice-core records of acidity, and HNO3, to discern the processes from changes in atmospheric acidity to the observed variability in ice core ?15N (nitrate) during the Industrial era.igure 1. The annual NO3- (blue curve), H+ (black curve) concentrations, and annual ?15N (nitrate) (red curve, y-axis is reversely plotted). Gray dots represent the annual data; the curves are plotted from 3-year running averages.

  1. Functional gene pyrosequencing reveals core proteobacterial denitrifiers in boreal lakes

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    Saarenheimo, Jatta; Tiirola, Marja Annika; Rissanen, Antti J.

    2015-01-01

    Denitrification is an important microbial process in aquatic ecosystems that can reduce the effects of eutrophication. Here, quantification and pyrosequencing of nirS, nirK, and nosZ genes encoding for nitrite and nitrous oxide reductases was performed in sediment samples from four boreal lakes to determine the structure and seasonal stability of denitrifying microbial populations. Sediment quality and nitrate concentrations were linked to the quantity and diversity of denitrification genes, the abundance of denitrifying populations (nirS and nosZ genes) correlated with coupled nitrification-denitrification (Dn), and the denitrification of the overlying water NO3- (Dw) correlated with the nirS/nirK ratio. The number of core nirS, nirK, and nosZ operational taxonomical units (OTUs) was low (6, 7, and 3, respectively), and most of these core OTUs were shared among the lakes. Dominant nirK sequences matched best with those of the order Rhizobiales, which was one of the main bacterial orders present in the sediment microbiomes, whereas the dominant nirS sequences were affiliated with the order Burkholderiales. Over half of the nosZ sequences belonged to a single OTU of the order Burkholderiales, but coupled nitrification–denitrification rate correlated with another dominant nosZ OTU assigned to the order Rhodospirillales. The study indicates that a few core proteobacterial clusters may drive denitrification in boreal lake sediments, as the same Alpha- and Betaproteobacteria denitrifier clusters were present in different lakes and seasons.

  2. Spatial heterogeneity of Greenland ice-core dust composition and provenance

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    Bory, A.; Biscaye, P.; Piotrowski, A.; Steffensen, J. P.

    2003-04-01

    By comparing mineralogical and isotopic (Sr and Nd) composition of mineral dust extracted from Greenland ice-cores and snow deposits with that of fine particles in sediment samples from potential source areas (PSA) for Greenland dust, it has been shown that eastern Asia was the source for central Greenland dust during several intervals of the last Glacial period [Biscaye et al., 1997; Svensson et al., 2000], in two intervals of the Holocene [Svensson, 1998], and through the present day [Bory et al., 2002; Bory et al., in press]. Based on transport patterns, it has often been suggested, however, that North American and African dust could reach the Greenland ice cap. Mosher et al. [1993], for instance, claimed to have identified an African source for a dust event at Dye 3 in southern Greenland. Identifying possible non-Asian dust sources to Greenland is important since it would bear on the large temporal variability of ice-core dust concentration, whose causes remain largely unexplained, as well as on the validation of dust transport models. Determining the degree of spatial heterogeneity of Greenland dust composition, and therefore provenance, can be done by analyzing contemporaneous dust samples in as many locations as possible. Here we report on six samples from six Greenland ice-cores, representing several decades of dust deposition each, all expect one within the 17th and 18th century. The six locations (Dye 3, A8-Crete region, Renland, GRIP, NorthGRIP, Hans Tausen) range from 65-82^oN and 27-43^oW. Variations in tracers composition (mineralogical and isotopic) are apparent, particularly between sites located on top of the ice cap and those located around the periphery, reflecting a distribution with altitude of dust sources and transport patterns to the ice-cap. The lower altitude sites are likely to be influenced by proximal dust sources. These results, however, confirm that long-range dust transport from eastern Asia is the main source of dust deposited on all central elevated sites.

  3. Global Climate Change: Valuable Insights from Concordant and Discordant Ice Core Histories

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    Mosley-Thompson, E.; Thompson, L. G.; Porter, S. E.; Goodwin, B. P.; Wilson, A. B.

    2014-12-01

    Earth's ice cover is responding to the ongoing large-scale warming driven in part by anthropogenic forces. The highest tropical and subtropical ice fields are dramatically shrinking and/or thinning and unique climate histories archived therein are now threatened, compromised or lost. Many ice fields in higher latitudes are also experiencing and recording climate system changes although these are often manifested in less evident and spectacular ways. The Antarctic Peninsula (AP) has experienced a rapid, widespread and dramatic warming over the last 60 years. Carefully selected ice fields in the AP allow reconstruction of long histories of key climatic variables. As more proxy climate records are recovered it is clear they reflect a combination of expected and unexpected responses to seemingly similar climate forcings. Recently acquired temperature and precipitation histories from the Bruce Plateau are examined within the context provided by other cores recently collected in the AP. Understanding the differences and similarities among these records provides a better understanding of the forces driving climate variability in the AP over the last century. The Arctic is also rapidly warming. The ?18O records from the Bona-Churchill and Mount Logan ice cores from southeast Alaska and southwest Yukon Territory, respectively, do not record this strong warming. The Aleutian Low strongly influences moisture transport to this geographically complex region, yet its interannual variability is preserved differently in these cores located just 110 km apart. Mount Logan is very sensitive to multi-decadal to multi-centennial climate shifts in the tropical Pacific while low frequency variability on Bona-Churchill is more strongly connected to Western Arctic sea ice extent. There is a natural tendency to focus more strongly on commonalities among records, particularly on regional scales. However, it is also important to investigate seemingly poorly correlated records, particularly those from geographically complex settings that appear to be dominated by similar large-scale climatological processes. Better understanding of the spatially and temporally diverse responses in such regions will expand our understanding of the mechanisms forcing climate variability in meteorologically complex environments.

  4. Recent Climate in Greenland Through Ice Cores and Self-organizing Maps

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    Reusch, D. B.; McConnell, J. R.; Alley, R. B.

    2007-12-01

    Recent years have seen a large increase in the availability of high-quality ice cores from the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) and the subsequent development of many new high-resolution proxy climate records. Here we apply a relatively new, nonlinear approach using self-organizing maps (SOMs) to study the spatial and temporal variability seen in accumulation records from 50-plus GIS sites covering part or all of the period 1957-2002. SOMs provide an unsupervised classification of complex geophysical data sets, e.g., time series of the atmospheric circulation or sea-ice extent, into a fixed number of distinct generalized patterns, or modes, that represent the probability density function (PDF) of the input data. These patterns collectively provide a nonlinear classification of the continuum of the PDF into a two-dimensional, spatially organized grid form. In contrast to principal component analysis, SOMs do not force orthogonality or require subjective rotations to produce interpretable patterns. Results from analyses of annual accumulation show that the SOM readily captures the high spatial diversity seen in climate records from the GIS, including nonlinear gradients in latitude and elevation. For example, sites in the northern and central regions (e.g. Humboldt, NASA-U) tend to be unrelated to sites in the south and east (e.g., Das1, STUNUA). Sites within the south/southeast also show richer patterns of variability than simply above or below average accumulation. Understanding these relationships, and the spatial complexity of Greenland's climate, is key to improving our ice core-based reconstructions of past climate and projecting possible future changes in the GIS. The SOM algorithm is widely held to be robust in the presence of incomplete input data, a characteristic typical of multi-site/project ice core analyses. Here we examine the sensitivity of the SOM-derived accumulation patterns and reconstructed site records to changes in the number of sites and record lengths. This explores the information available from this climate dataset and gives insight to which sites "matter" the most in understanding ice sheet history (as well as testing the analysis technique itself). When combined with ongoing SOM-based analyses of the atmospheric circulation, we anticipate new insights into the complex climate of this region, including relationships with phenomena such as the North Atlantic Oscillation/Arctic Oscillation.

  5. Globally synchronous ice core volcanic tracers and abrupt cooling during the last glacial period

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    Bay, R.C.; Bramall, N.E.; Price, P.B.; Clow, G.D.; Hawley, R.L.; Udisti, R.; Castellano, E.

    2006-01-01

    We perform a Monte Carlo pattern recognition analysis of the coincidence between three regional volcanic histories from ice coring of Greenland and Antarctica over the period 2 to 45 ka, using SO4 anomalies in Greenland and East Antarctica determined by continuous core chemistry, together with West Antarctic volcanic ash layers determined by remote optical borehole logging and core assays. We find that the Antarctic record of volcanism correlates with Glacial abrupt climate change at a 95% to >99.8% (???3??) significance level and that volcanic depositions at the three locations match at levels exceeding 3??, likely indicating that many common horizons represent single eruptive events which dispersed material world wide. These globally coincident volcanics were associated with abrupt cooling, often simultaneous with onsets or sudden intensifications of millennial cold periods. The striking agreement between sites implies that the consistency of current timescales obtained by isotopic and glaciological dating methods is better than estimated. Copyright 2006 by the American Geogphysical Union.

  6. Rare earth elements in an ice core from Mt. Everest: Seasonal variations and potential sources

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    Zhang, Qianggong; Kang, Shichang; Kaspari, Susan; Li, Chaoliu; Qin, Dahe; Mayewski, Paul A.; Hou, Shugui

    2009-10-01

    Rare earth element (REE) concentrations in ice samples from the upper 8.4 m of a Mt. Everest ice core retrieved from the col of the East Rongbuk Glacier (28.03°N, 86.96°E, 6518 m a.s.l.) on the northeast ridge of Mt. Everest in September 2002 are presented. REEs display large seasonal variations, with high concentrations in the non-monsoon season and low concentrations in the summer monsoon season. This seasonality is useful for ice core dating. When normalized to a shale standard, the Mt. Everest REEs exhibit a consistent shale-like pattern with a slight enrichment of middle REEs during both seasons. However, individual monsoon REE patterns display differences, possibly resulting from diversified sources. Non-monsoon REE patterns are stable and are associated with the westerlies. Investigation of potential sources for the Everest REEs suggests an absence of anthropogenic contributions and minimal input from local provenances. REEs in Mt. Everest samples are most likely representative of a stable well-mixed REE background of the upper troposphere consisting of a mixture of aerosols transported by the atmospheric circulation from the west windward arid regions such as the Thar Desert, West Asia, the Sahara Desert and other uncertain provenances.

  7. Investigation of the Glacial History of the Siple Coast Using Radar-Detected Internal Layers and the Ice Core from Siple Dome

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    Winebrenner, D. P.; Conway, H.; Sylvester, J.

    2002-12-01

    The spatial patterns of post-glacial thinning on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet have evidently been complex; for example, Roosevelt Island has thinned more than 300m in the past 4000 years (Conway et al., Science 286, 1999), while 300 km to the south at Siple Dome, there has been little or no thinning (Nereson and Raymond, J. Glac. 47, 2001; J. White, pers. comm., 2002). Understanding past patterns of thinning and recession of the ice sheet is a crucial step toward understanding future possible changes. Radio-echo sounding of ice reveals internal reflecting layers, most of which are thought to result from the deposition of volcanic fallout on past ice sheet surfaces, and which hence represent isochrones. The age-depth relationship form the Siple Dome ice core (Taylor et al., JGR in review, 2002) allows dating of radar layers that are continuous for more than 100 km across the Dome. However, extending the timescale across the rest of the Siple Coast is problematic because the ice streams surrounding Siple Dome have disrupted the continuity of internal layers. Here we present preliminary results on the development of methods to extrapolate spatially the age-depth relationship from Siple Dome, using core data and data from the University of Washington monopulse radar, and beginning in particular with Ridge BC. In brief, these methods are: 1) Deconvolution of (an estimate of) the radar transmit waveform from radar echograms, so as to distill out the electromagnetic response of ice that depends only on essential, rather than changeable, characteristics of the radar. 2) Correspondence of radar layers with ice core measurements on Siple Dome, which shows fairly isolated radar layers linked to electrical conductivity (ECM) and volcanic sulfate features at 150, 190, 340, and 480 meters depth. An unusually large and thick ECM event at 215m depth marks the onset of a very distinctive radar layer that can be traced entirely across Siple Dome. 3) Identification, on the basis of initial accumulation and flow modeling as well as radar layer location and characteristics, of the Siple Dome distinctive layer with a similarly distinctive layer at slightly shallower depth on Ridge BC. This process illustrates our developing method of using ice flow and accumulation modeling to constrain possible correspondences of isolated or otherwise distinctive radar layers, and thus to transfer the Siple Dome age-depth relationship to adjacent ridges on the Siple Coast.

  8. Non-Target Analyses of organic compounds in ice cores using HPLC-ESI-UHRMS

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    Zuth, Christoph; Müller-Tautges, Christina; Eichler, Anja; Schwikowski, Margit; Hoffmann, Thorsten

    2015-04-01

    To study the global climatic and environmental changes it is necessary to know the environmental and especially atmospheric conditions of the past. By analysing climate archives, such as for example ice cores, unique environmental information can be obtained. In contrast to the well-established analysis of inorganic species in ice cores, organic compounds have been analysed in ice cores to a much smaller extent. Because of current analytical limitations it has become commonplace to focus on 'total organic carbon' measurements or specific classes of organic molecules, as no analytical methods exist that can provide a broad characterization of the organic material present[1]. On the one hand, it is important to focus on already known atmospheric markers in ice cores and to quantify, where possible, in order to compare them to current conditions. On the other hand, unfortunately a wealth of information is lost when only a small fraction of the organic material is examined. However, recent developments in mass spectrometry in respect to higher mass resolution and mass accuracy enable a new approach to the analysis of complex environmental samples. The qualitative characterization of the complex mixture of water soluble organic carbon (WSOC) in the ice using high-resolution mass spectrometry allows for novel insights concerning the composition and possible sources of aerosol derived WSOC deposited at glacier sites. By performing a non-target analysis of an ice core from the Swiss Alps using previous enrichment by solid-phase extraction (SPE) and high performance liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization and ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-UHRMS) 475 elemental formulas distributed onto 659 different peaks were detected. The elemental formulas were classified according to their elemental composition into CHO-, CHON-, CHOS-, CHONS-containing compounds and 'others'. Several methods for the analysis of complex data sets of high resolution mass spectrometry were applied to the results of the non-target analysis. By various classifications in Van Krevelen plots[2], amino acids and degradation products of proteins as well as degradation products of lignins have been determined as the main components of the ice core. Furthermore, the majority of WSOC molecular formulas identified in this non-target analysis had molar H/C and O/C ratios similar to mono- and di-carboxylic acids and SOAs[3]. Studies of the carbon oxidation state as a metric for describing the chemistry of atmospheric organic aerosol showed that a majority of the elemental formulas can be associated with the combustion of biomass as a major source of the WSOC[4]. References: [1] Grannas et al., J. Geophys Res.,2006, 111 [2] Sleighter, RL, Hatcher, PG, J. Mass Spectrom., 2007, 42, 559-574 [3] Wozniak et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2008, 8, 5099-5111 [4] Kroll et al., Nature Chemistry, 2011, 3, 133-139

  9. Aurora Basin North (ABN) &amp;ndash; a new 2000 year ice core record from East Antarctica

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    Curran, Mark

    2015-04-01

    Southern Hemisphere climate reconstructions are limited by quantity and spatial coverage of well resolved paleo-climate records from the last 2000 years. This was the motivation to drill an ice core at a new site in East Antarctica, 550km inland and about half way between the coastal Law Dome and inland Dome C sites. Drilling of a 303m ice core was completed in Jan 2014 and here we present the first results from the top 80m of this new ice core. The ABN project is focussed on understanding the variability over the last 2000 years of a range of climate parameters including, temperature, snowfall, volcanic forcing, solar forcing, greenhouse gas forcing, sea ice extent, atmospheric variability (ENSO, SAM, IPO), dust sources from Australia, and biomass burning events.

  10. Isotopic composition of ice cores and meltwater from upper fremont glacier and Galena Creek rock glacier, Wyoming

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    DeWayne, Cecil L.; Green, J.R.; Vogt, S.; Michel, R.; Cottrell, G.

    1998-01-01

    Meltwater runoff from glaciers can result from various sources, including recent precipitation and melted glacial ice. Determining the origin of the meltwater from glaciers through isotopic analysis can provide information about such things as the character and distribution of ablation on glaciers. A 9.4 m ice core and meltwater were collected in 1995 and 1996 at the glacigenic Galena Creek rock glacier in Wyoming's Absaroka Mountains. Measurements of chlorine-36 (36Cl), tritium (3H), sulphur-35 (35S), and delta oxygen-18 (??18O) were compared to similar measurements from an ice core taken from the Upper Fremont Glacier in the Wind River Range of Wyoming collected in 1991-95. Meltwater samples from three sites on the rock glacier yielded 36Cl concentrations that ranged from 2.1 ?? 1.0 X 106 to 5.8??0.3 X 106 atoms/l. The ice-core 36Cl concentrations from Galena Creek ranged from 3.4??0.3 X 105 to 1.0??0.1 X 106 atoms/l. Analysis of an ice core from the Upper Fremont Glacier yielded 36Cl concentrations of 1.2??0.2 X 106 and 5.2??0.2 X 106 atoms/l for pre- 1940 ice and between 2 X 106 and 3 X 106 atoms/l for post-1980 ice. Purdue's PRIME Lab analyzed the ice from the Upper Fremont Glacier. The highest concentration of 36Cl in the ice was 77 ?? 2 X 106 atoms/l and was deposited during the peak of atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in the late 1950s. This is an order of magnitude greater than the largest measured concentration from both the Upper Fremont Glacier ice core that was not affected by weapons testing fallout and the ice core collected from the Galena Creek rock glacier. Tritium concentrations from the rock glacier ranged from 9.2??0.6 to 13.2??0.8 tritium units (TU) in the meltwater to -1.3??1.3 TU in the ice core. Concentrations of 3H in the Upper Fremont Glacier ice core ranged from 0 TU in the ice older than 50 years to 6-12 TU in the ice deposited in the last 10 years. The maximum 3H concentration in ice from the Upper Fremont Glacier deposited in the early 1960s during peak weapons testing fallout for this isotope was 360 TU. One meltwater sample from the rock glacier was analyzed for 35S with a measured concentration of 5.4??1.0 millibecquerel per liter (mBeq/l). Modern precipitation in the Rocky Mountains contains 35S from 10 to 40 mBeq/L. The ??18O results in meltwater from the Galena Creek rock glacier (-17.40??0.1 to -17.98??0.1 per mil) are similar to results for modern precipitation in the Rocky Mountains. Comparison of these isotopic concentrations from the two glaciers suggest that the meltwater at the Galena Creek site is composed mostly of melted snow and rain that percolates through the rock debris that covers the glacier. Additionally, this water from the rock debris is much younger (less than two years) than the reported age of about 2000 years for the subsurface ice at the mid-glacier coring site. Thus the meltwater from the Galena Creek rock glacier is composed primarily of melted surface snow and rain water rather than melted glacier ice, supporting previous estimates of slow ablation rates beneath the surface debris of the rock glacier.

  11. Identifying and Tracking Individual Updraft Cores using Cluster Analysis: A TWP-ICE case study

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    Li, X.; Tao, W.; Collis, S. M.; Varble, A.

    2013-12-01

    Cumulus parameterizations in GCMs depend strongly on the vertical velocity structures of convective updraft cores, or plumes. There hasn't been an accurate way of identifying these cores. The majority of previous studies treat the updraft as a single grid column entity, thus missing many intrinsic characteristics, e.g., the size, strength and spatial orientation of an individual core, its life cycle, and the time variations of the entrainment/detrainment rates associated with its life cycle. In this study, we attempt to apply an innovative algorithm based on the centroid-based k-means cluster analysis to improve our understanding of convection and its associated updraft cores. Both 3-D Doppler radar retrievals and cloud-resolving model simulations of a TWP-ICE campaign case during the monsoon period will be used to test and improve this algorithm. This will provide for more in-depth comparisons between CRM simulations and observations that were not possible previously using the traditional piecewise analysis with each updraft column. The first step is to identify the strongest cores (maximum velocity >10 m/s), since they are well defined and produce definite answers when the cluster analysis algorithm is applied. The preliminary results show that the radar retrieved updraft cores are smaller in size and with the maximum velocity located uniformly at higher levels compared with model simulations. Overall, the model simulations produce much stronger cores compared with the radar retrievals. Within the model simulations, the bulk microphysical scheme simulation produces stronger cores than the spectral bin microphysical scheme. Planned researches include using high temporal-resolution simulations to further track the life cycle of individual updraft cores and study their characteristics.

  12. The Faintest Seyfert Radio Cores Revealed by VLBI

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    Giroletti, Marcello; Panessa, Francesca

    2009-12-01

    In this Letter, we report on dual-frequency European VLBI Network observations of the faintest and least luminous radio cores in Seyfert nuclei, going to sub-millijansky flux densities and radio luminosities around 1019 W Hz-1. We detect radio emission from the nuclear region of four galaxies (NGC 4051, NGC 4388, NGC 4501, and NGC 5033), while one (NGC 5273) is undetected at the level of ~100 ?Jy. The detected compact nuclei have rather different radio properties: spectral indices range from steep (?>0.7) to slightly inverted (? = -0.1), brightness temperatures vary from TB = 105 K to larger than 107 K, and cores are either extended or unresolved, in one case accompanied by lobe-like features (NGC 4051). In this sense, diverse underlying physical mechanisms can be at work in these objects: jet-base or outflow solutions are the most natural explanations in several cases; in the case of the undetected NGC 5273 nucleus, the presence of an advection-dominated accretion flow is consistent with the radio luminosity upper limit.

  13. Two-hundred-year record of biogenic sulfur in a south Greenland ice core (20D)

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    Whung, P.Y.; Saltzman, E.S. [Univ. of Miami, FL (United States)] [Univ. of Miami, FL (United States); Spencer, M.J.; Mayewski, P.A. [Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States)] [Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States); Gundestrup, N. [Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)] [Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)

    1994-01-20

    The concentration of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) was determined in a shallow south central Greenland ice core (20D). This study provides a high-resolution record of the DMS-derived biogenic sulfur in Greenland precipitation over the past 200 years. The mean concentration of MSA is 3.30 ppb ({sigma} = 2.38 ppb, n = 1134). The general trend of MSA is an increase from 3.01 to 4.10 ppb between 1767 and 1900, followed by a steady decrease to 2.34 ppb at the present time. This trend is in marked contrast to that of non-sea-salt sulfate (nss SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}), which increases dramatically after 1900 due to the input of anthropogenic sulfur. The MSA fraction ((MSA/(MSA + nss SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}})) * 100) ranges from a mean of 15% in preindustrial ice to less than 5% in recent ice. These MSA fractions suggest that approximately 15 to 40% of the sulfur in recent Greenland ice is of biological origin. It is suggested that there is a significant low-latitude component to the biogenic sulfur in the core and that variations in the MSA fraction reflect changes in the relative strengths of low- and high-latitude inputs. The data show no evidence for a strong dependence of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) emissions on sea surface temperature during the last century. There is also no indication that yields of MSA from DMS oxidation has been altered by increased NO{sub x} levels over the North Atlantic during this period. 49 refs., 7 figs.

  14. Exploring the relation between crystal fabric and climate history in an ice-core record

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    Kennedy, J. H.; Pettit, E. C.; di Prinzio, C. L.; Wilen, L. A.

    2010-12-01

    Ice crystals shear easily along the slip systems in their basal planes, while shear on the other slip systems are nearly two orders of magnitude harder. The bulk response of a glacier to shear (flow) can be significantly altered if the crystals exhibit a preferred orientation, or fabric, as see in many glaciers and ice sheets. Further, a positive feedback mechanism exists between fabric development and ice deformation which may allow the vertical variation in fabric to retain information about the climate history. We explore both the evolution of a particular climatic event as well as the bulk fabric evolution through time within Taylor Dome, East Antarctica, where an ice core was drilled to bedrock in 1991-1994. We model bulk fabric evolution driven by a stress history derived from the geometry, temperature and depth-age relation and study the sensitivity of the results to initialization of near-surface fabric and the results are validated by thin-section fabric data. A climatic event can induce a subtle change in the near surface fabric. We model the evolution of this subtle change through time under different stress scenarios. The model is based on that developed by Thorsteinsson (2002), which is based on the homogeneous stress assumption and includes crystal growth, polygonization, migration recrystallization, and the influence of neighboring crystals on each crystals rotation. Our model successfully captures the large-scale fabric variations observed in the Taylor Dome record. We find that the influence of neighboring crystals have negligible effects over millennial time scales, and small effects over longer ice-sheet time scales. Furthermore, our model suggests that the fabric-climate feedback mechanism enhances small climate-induced variations in fabric and results in crystal size variations over time.

  15. Combined ice core and climate-model evidence for the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during Marine Isotope Stage 5e.

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    Steig, Eric J.; Huybers, Kathleen; Singh, Hansi A.; Steiger, Nathan J.; Frierson, Dargan M. W.; Popp, Trevor; White, James W. C.

    2015-04-01

    It has been speculated that collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet explains the very high eustatic sea level rise during the last interglacial period, marine isotope stage (MIS) 5e, but the evidence remains equivocal. Changes in atmospheric circulation resulting from a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) would have significant regional impacts that should be detectable in ice core records. We conducted simulations using general circulation models (GCMs) at varying levels of complexity: a gray-radiation aquaplanet moist GCM (GRaM), the slab ocean version of GFDL-AM2 (also as an aquaplanet), and the fully-coupled version of NCAR's CESM with realistic topography. In all the experiments, decreased elevation from the removal of the WAIS leads to greater cyclonic circulation over the West Antarctic region. This creates increased advection of relatively warm marine air from the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas towards the South Pole, and increased cold-air advection from the East Antarctic plateau towards the Ross Sea and coastal Marie Byrd Land. The result is anomalous warming in some areas of the East Antarctic interior, and significant cooling in Marie Byrd Land. Comparison of ice core records shows good agreement with the model predictions. In particular, isotope-paleotemperature records from ice cores in East Antarctica warmed more between the previous glacial period (MIS 6) and MIS 5e than coastal Marie Byrd Land. These results add substantial support to other evidence for WAIS collapse during the last interglacial period.

  16. Non-climatic signal in ice core records: Lessons from Antarctic mega-dunes

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    Ekaykin, Alexey; Eberlein, Lutz; Lipenkov, Vladimir; Popov, Sergey; Schroder, Ludwig

    2015-04-01

    We present the results of glaciological investigations in the mega-dune area located 30 km to the east from Vostok Station (central East Antarctica) implemented during the 58th and 59th Russian Antarctic Expedition (January 2013 and January 2014). Snow accumulation rate and isotope content (?D and ?18O) were measured along the 2-km profile across the mega-dune ridge accompanied by precise GPS altitude measurements and GPR survey. It is shown that the spatial variability of snow accumulation and isotope content covaries with the surface slope. The accumulation rate regularly changes by 1 order of magnitude within the distance < 1 km, with the reduced accumulation at the leeward slope of the dune and increased accumulation in the hollow between the dunes. At the same time, the accumulation rate averaged over the length of a dune wave (25 mm w.e.) corresponds well with the value obtained at Vostok Station, which suggests no additional wind-driven snow sublimation in the mega-dunes comparing to the surrounding plateau. The snow isotope content is in negative correlation with the snow accumulation, which could be explained by post-depositional snow modification and/or by enhanced redistribution by wind of winter precipitation comparing to summer precipitation. Using the GPR data, we estimated the dune drift velocity (5.5 ± 1.3 m yr-1). The full cycle of the dune drift is thus about 340 years. Since the spatial anomalies of snow accumulation and isotope content are supposed to drift with the dune, an ice core drilled in the mega-dune area would exhibit the non-climatic 340-yr cycle of these two parameters. We made an attempt to simulate a vertical profile of isotope content with such a non-climatic variability in a virtual ice core, using the data on the dune size and velocity. The obtained results are discussed in terms of real ice core data interpretation.

  17. INTegrating Ice core, MArine, and TErrestrial records (COST Action ES0907)

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    Hoek, Wim; Rasmussen, Sune; Renssen, Hans; Hajdas, Irka; Brauer, Achim; Blockley, Simon; Svensson, Anders; Moreno, Ana; Roche, Didier; Valdes, Paul; Birks, Hilary; Solveig Seidenkrantz, Marit; Evelpidou, Niki

    2013-04-01

    The objective of INTIMATE is to reconstruct past abrupt and extreme climate changes over the period 60,000 to 8000 years ago, by facilitating INTegration of Ice core, MArine, and TErrestrial palaeoclimate records and using the combined data in climate models to better understand the mechanisms and impact of change, thereby reducing the uncertainty of future prediction. The project is organized in four working groups: WG-1 Dating and Chronological Modelling A reliable chronological framework is the basis of all studies of the past climate. WG1 is dedicated to developing and improving dating methods over the last 60,000 years and bringing scientists together to develop a coherent dating framework in which records can be compared at unprecedented detail. WG-2 Quantification of Past Climate The aim of WG-2 is to collect and quantify information of past climate from e.g. ice cores, tree rings, corals, stalagmites, and marine and lake sediments in order to draw a detailed picture of the highly variable climate evolution in the North Atlantic region. WG-3 Modelling Mechanisms of Past Change Our ability to forecast the rates and magnitudes of future change depends on numerical models. By using combined ice core, terrestrial, and marine data sets as targets, WG-3 will optimize methodologies to evaluate model simulations and make data-model comparisons. WG-4 Climate Impacts The aim of WG-4 is to gain insights into the impacts of past climatic changes on animal and human populations and the ecosystems of which they are part. WG-4 will quantify the magnitudes and rates of population, species, and ecosystem responses to climate events of different magnitudes in space and through time. The INTIMATE network and the workshops and meetings are open to all interested scientists. INTIMATE also supports research exchange visits. More information can be found at http://cost-es0907.geoenvi.org/

  18. Ice core based Pb pollution from gasoline in South America in the context of a 2000 year metallurgical history

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    Eichler, Anja; Gramlich, Gabriela; Kellerhals, Thomas; Tobler, Leonhard; Schwikowski, Margit

    2015-04-01

    Lead (Pb) is highly neurotoxic and, in contrast to many other heavy metals including cobalt, copper, and zinc, it has no beneficial effects to humans even at low concentrations. The introduction of leaded gasoline in the 1920s initiated a period of unabated growth in the global emissions of Pb. Prior to the onset of leaded gasoline phase-out in the 1970s, atmospheric Pb levels increased dramatically. Long-term histories of Pb pollution in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and North America suggest that emissions from leaded gasoline within the Northern Hemisphere are dominant compared to that from metallurgy and coal combustion during the second half of the 20th century. However, there is no equivalent data for Southern America. Although exploitation of the extensive polymetallic deposits of the Andean Altiplano in South America since pre-colonial times has caused substantial emissions of neurotoxic Pb into the atmosphere, its historical significance compared to recent Pb pollution from leaded gasoline is not yet resolved. Here we present the first comprehensive, high-resolution two millennia Pb emission history for South America, based on ice core records of Pb concentrations, Pb enrichment factors (EFs), and Pb isotope ratios from Illimani glacier in Bolivia. Complementary to local air pollution recorded in lake sediments, ice cores from mid latitude glaciers provide information about more extended source areas. Illimani is the highest mountain of the eastern Bolivian Andes and is located at the northeastern margin of the Bolivian Altiplano. The ice core Pb deposition history revealed enhanced Pb EFs due to metallurgical processing for silver production during periods of the Tiwanaku/Wari culture (AD 450-950), the Inca empires (AD 1450-1532), colonial times (AD 1532-1900), and tin production at the beginning of the 20th century. After the 1960s 208Pb/207Pb ratios decreased significantly, whereas Pb EFs increased by a factor of three compared to the emission level from metal production, which we attribute to gasoline related Pb emissions. Our results show that anthropogenic Pb pollution levels from road traffic in South America exceed those of any historical metallurgy in the last two millennia, even in regions with exceptional high local metallurgical activity.

  19. Photobiology of sea ice algae during initial spring growth in Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland: insights from imaging variable chlorophyll fluorescence of ice cores.

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    Hawes, Ian; Lund-Hansen, Lars Chresten; Sorrell, Brian K; Nielsen, Morten Holtegaard; Borzák, Réka; Buss, Inge

    2012-06-01

    We undertook a series of measurements of photophysiological parameters of sea ice algae over 12 days of early spring growth in a West Greenland Fjord, by variable chlorophyll fluorescence imaging. Imaging of the ice-water interface showed the development of ice algae in 0.3-0.4 mm wide brine channels between laminar ice crystals in the lower 4-6 mm of the ice, with a several-fold spatial variation in inferred biomass on cm scales. The maximum quantum yield of photosynthesis, F(v) /F(m), was initially low (~0.1), though this increased rapidly to ~0.5 by day 6. Day 6 also saw the onset of biomass increase, the cessation of ice growth and the time at which brine had reached <50 psu and >-2 °C. We interpret this as indicating that the establishment of stable brine channels at close to ambient salinity was required to trigger photosynthetically active populations. Maximum relative electron transport rate (rETR(max)), saturation irradiance (E(k)) and photosynthetic efficiency (?) had also stabilised by day 6 at 5-6 relative units, ~30 ?mol photons m?² s?¹ and 0.4-0.5 ?mol photons m?²s?¹, respectively. E(k) was consistent with under-ice irradiance, which peaked at a similar value, confirming that daytime irradiance was adequate to facilitate photosynthetic activity throughout the study period. Photosynthetic parameters showed no substantial differences with depth within the ice, nor variation between cores or brine channels suggesting that during this early phase of ice algal growth cells were unaffected by gradients of environmental conditions within the ice. Variable chlorophyll fluorescence imaging offers a tool to determine how this situation may change over time and as brine channels and algal populations evolve. PMID:22544283

  20. Changes in environment over the last 800,000 years from chemical analysis of the EPICA Dome C ice core

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    Fischer, Hubertus

    Changes in environment over the last 800,000 years from chemical analysis of the EPICA Dome C ice in revised form 16 June 2009 Accepted 16 June 2009 a b s t r a c t The EPICA ice core from Dome C extends-resolution patterns of major ions. We extend the published record for non-sea-salt calcium, sea-salt sodium and non-sea-salt

  1. Ice Core Perspective on Mercury Pollution during the Past 600 Years.

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    Beal, Samuel A; Osterberg, Erich C; Zdanowicz, Christian M; Fisher, David A

    2015-07-01

    Past emissions of the toxic metal mercury (Hg) persist in the global environment, yet these emissions remain poorly constrained by existing data. Ice cores are high-resolution archives of atmospheric deposition that may provide crucial insight into past atmospheric Hg levels during recent and historical time. Here we present a record of total Hg (HgT) in an ice core from the pristine summit plateau (5340 m asl) of Mount Logan, Yukon, Canada, representing atmospheric deposition from AD 1410 to 1998. The Colonial Period (?1603-1850) and North American "Gold Rush" (1850-1900) represent minor fractions (8% and 14%, respectively) of total anthropogenic Hg deposition in the record, with the majority (78%) occurring during the 20th Century. A period of maximum HgT fluxes from 1940 to 1975 coincides with estimates of enhanced anthropogenic Hg emissions from commercial sources, as well as with industrial emissions of other toxic metals. Rapid declines in HgT fluxes following peaks during the Gold Rush and the mid-20th Century indicate that atmospheric Hg deposition responds quickly to reductions in emissions. Increasing HgT fluxes from 1993 until the youngest samples in 1998 may reflect the resurgence of Hg emissions from unregulated coal burning and small-scale gold mining. PMID:26011603

  2. Fermion WIMPless dark matter at DeepCore and IceCube

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    Barger, Vernon [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Kumar, Jason [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 (United States); Marfatia, Danny; Sessolo, Enrico Maria [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045 (United States)

    2010-06-01

    We investigate the prospects for indirect detection of fermion WIMPless dark matter at the neutrino telescopes IceCube and DeepCore. The dark matter annihilating in the Sun is a hidden sector Majorana fermion that couples through Yukawa couplings to a connector particle and a visible sector particle, and it exhibits only spin-dependent scattering with nuclei via couplings to first generation quarks. We consider cases where the annihilation products are taus, staus, or sneutrinos of the three generations. To evaluate the muon fluxes incident at the detector, we propagate the neutrino spectra through the solar medium and to the Earth and account for the effects of neutrino oscillations, energy losses due to neutral- and charged-current interactions, and tau regeneration. We find that for the stau and sneutrino channels, a 5 yr 3{sigma} detection of dark matter lighter than about 300 GeV is possible at IceCube for large Yukawa couplings or for dark matter and connector particles with similar masses. The tau channel offers far better detection prospects. However, due to its lower energy threshold and better muon background rejection capability, DeepCore is able to detect signals in all annihilation channels and for a wider range of dark matter masses.

  3. Single particle mineralogy of aeolian dust in the East Rongbuk ice core from Mt. Qomolangma (Everest)

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    Hwang, H.; Jung, H.; Eom, H.; Malek, M. A.; Hur, S.; Ro, C.

    2011-12-01

    A recent work demonstrated the practical applicability of the combined use of two techniques, attenuated total reflectance FT-IR (ATR-FT-IR) imaging and a quantitative energy-dispersive electron probe X-ray microanalysis, low-Z particle EPMA, for the characterization of individual aerosol particles. These single particle analytical techniques provide complementary information on the physicochemical characteristics of the same individual particles, such as low-Z particle EPMA on morphology and elemental concentrations and the ATR-FT-IR imaging on molecular species, crystal structures, functional groups, and physical states. In this work, this analytical methodology was applied to characterize an insoluble mineral particle sample in the East Rongbuk ice core from Mt. Qomolangma (Everest). On the basis of morphological, X-ray spectral, and ATR-FT-IR spectral data, 140 individual particles were classified into different mineral types, such as SiO2, montmorillonite, montmorillonite + K-feldspar, K-feldspar, Na-feldspar, carbonaceous, FeOx, muscovite, illite, vermiculite, and AlSiO3. In Figure 1, typical X-ray spectrum and ATR-FT-IR spectrum of a particle selected from the ice core sample are shown. This work demonstrates that more detailed physiochemical properties of individual airborne particles can be obtained using this approach than when either the low-Z particle EPMA or ATR-FT-IR imaging technique is used alone.

  4. A two century record of strontium isotopes from an ice core drilled at Mt Blanc, France

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    Burton, G. R.; Rosman, K. J. R.; Van de Velde, K. P.; Boutron, C. F.

    2006-08-01

    New techniques which allow small amounts of Sr to be reliably analysed [G.R. Burton, V.I. Morgan, C.F. Boutron, K.J.R. Rosman, High-sensitivity measurements of strontium isotopes in polar ice, Anal. Chim. Acta 469 (2002) 225-233] by TIMS (Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry) have been used to measure the isotopic composition of Sr and the concentration of Rb and Sr at sub-nanogram per gram levels in a Mt Blanc snow and ice core. This two century time series of Sr isotopes is the first to be reported in an Alpine glacier. The Sr and Rb concentrations range from 3 ng/g to 20 pg/g and 1 ng/g to 10 pg/g, respectively, with higher concentrations evident in more recent times. This trend is consistent with that reported previously for other metals such as Cd, Cu and Zn [K. Van de Velde, C. Barbante, G. Cozzi, I. Moret, T. Bellomi, C. Ferrari, C. Boutron, Changes in the occurrence of silver, gold, platinum, palladium and rhodium in Mont Blanc ice and snow since the 18th century, Atmos. Environ. 34 (2000) 3117-3127; K. Van de Velde, C. Boutron, C. Ferrari, T. Bellomi, C. Barbante, S. Rudnev, M. Bolshov, Seasonal variations of heavy metals in the 1960s Alpine ice: sources versus meteorological factors, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 164 (1998) 521-533; K.J.R. Rosman, C. Ly, K. Van de Velde, C.F. Boutron, A two century record of lead isotopes in high altitude Alpine snow and ice, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 176 (2000) 413-424]. The 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios vary between 0.7020 and 0.7176 and display relatively larger variations in recent times which have been attributed to seasonal variations made evident by the increased sampling resolution available at shallower depths. No change with time is evident in this ratio which has a mean value of ˜ 0.712 and is similar to Glacial ice at Summit Greenland, suggesting that aerosols reaching Mt Blanc represent the same mixture of sources. Also, anthropogenic sources would appear to have the same isotopic ratio. The presence of Saharan dust in some samples is confirmed here by their strontium isotopic ratios.

  5. Core to Atmosphere Exploration of Ice Giants: A Uranus Mission Concept Study

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    Jensema, R. J.; Arias-Young, T. M.; Wilkins, A. N.; Ermakov, A.; Bennett, C.; Dietrich, A.; Hemingway, D.; Klein, V.; Mane, P.; Marr, K. D.; Masterson, J.; Siegel, V.; Stober, K. J.; Talpe, M.; Vines, S. K.; Wetteland, C. J.

    2014-12-01

    Ice giants remain largely unexplored, as their large distance from the Sun limits both Earth-based observations and spacecraft visits. The significant occurrence of ice giant-sized planets among detected exoplanets presents an impetus to study Uranus to understand planetary formation, dynamics, and evolution. In addition, Uranus is also uniquely interesting, given the large inclination of its rotation axis and magnetospheric configuration. In this work, we design a mission concept that aims to maximize scientific return by measuring Uranus' chemical composition, internal structure, and magnetosphere, the first two being primary indicators of ice giant formation mechanisms. For this study, we analyze the trade space for a Uranus mission constrained by a cost cap of $1B. We discuss the decision making processes behind our choices of the science priorities, instrument suite and orbital configuration. Trade space decisions include a strong onboard instrument suite in lieu of a descent probe, an orbiter instead of a flyby mission, and design constraints on the power and propulsion systems. The mission, CAELUS (Core and Atmospheric Evolution Laboratory for Uranus Science), is designed for an August 2023 launch. Following a 14-year cruise with multiple planetary gravity assists, the spacecraft would begin its science mission, which consists of a series of ten 30-day near-polar orbits around Uranus. The instrument suite would consist of a microwave radiometer, Doppler seismometer, magnetometer, and UV spectrometer. These four instruments, along with a high-gain antenna capable of gravity science, would provide a comprehensive science return that meets the bulk of the scientific objectives of the 2013 NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey for ice giants, most notably those regarding the chemical composition, interior structure, and dynamo of Uranus. This mission concept was created as part of an educational exercise for the 2014 Planetary Science Summer School at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

  6. Detection prospects for GeV neutrinos from collisionally heated gamma-ray bursts with IceCube/DeepCore.

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    Bartos, I; Beloborodov, A M; Hurley, K; Márka, S

    2013-06-14

    Jet reheating via nuclear collisions has recently been proposed as the main mechanism for gamma-ray burst (GRB) emission. In addition to producing the observed gamma rays, collisional heating must generate 10-100 GeV neutrinos, implying a close relation between the neutrino and gamma-ray luminosities. We exploit this theoretical relation to make predictions for possible GRB detections by IceCube + DeepCore. To estimate the expected neutrino signal, we use the largest sample of bursts observed by the Burst and Transient Source Experiment in 1991-2000. GRB neutrinos could have been detected if IceCube + DeepCore operated at that time. Detection of 10-100 GeV neutrinos would have significant implications, shedding light on the composition of GRB jets and their Lorentz factors. This could be an important target in designing future upgrades of the IceCube + DeepCore observatory. PMID:25165903

  7. Geophysical imaging reveals brine system beneath an ice-sealed Antarctic lake

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    Dugan, H.; Doran, P. T.; Tulaczyk, S. M.; Mikucki, J.; Arcone, S. A.; Auken, E.; Schamper, C.; Virginia, R. A.

    2014-12-01

    The habitability of polar desert environments on Earth, and other neighboring planets, is dependent on the availability of liquid water. In areas where the surface is frozen, lenses of water present in the subsurface may act as microbial refugia. In the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, the presence of highly saline brine in valley lakes raises the potential for the existence of a deep groundwater network. We report on a geophysical study that shows Lake Vida, in Victoria Valley, is nearly frozen, and the remaining brine is confined beneath thick ice. Near surface, bathymetric mapping of grounded lake ice was accomplished from a series of ground penetrating radar surveys. Radar penetration was limited to 20 m. An airborne transient electromagnetic survey (AEM) revealed a low resistivity zone at 30-100 m depth beneath the surface of the lake. Based on previous knowledge of brine chemistry and local geology, this zone is interpreted as brine saturated unconsolidated sediments with a porosity of 23-42%. Brine volume is calculated at 15 to 32 million cubic meters, which is of similar magnitude to the brine volume in nearby saline lakes. The AEM survey provided a means of quantifying the spatial extent of deep subsurface brine in this remote environment, and has provided a new perspective on the potential for subsurface habitats in areas often considered devoid of life.

  8. Ice

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    Harris, Kathryn Louise.

    When a chunk of ice "twice the size of Manhattan" broke away from the northernmost part of the Antarctic Peninsula in February, ice was at the forefront of scientific news. Now, with the spectacular discovery of bacteria in Antarctic ice and with new evidence of slush beneath the frozen surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, water in its frozen form is once again in the news. The discovery of living organisms in the Antarctic ecosystem, described in the June 26, 1998 issue of Science, is significant because it presents a model for "how life may have arisen and persisted on other worlds." Scientists speculate that if organisms can thrive in the hard ice of Antarctica, they may possibly have done so on Europa and Mars. Galileo's closest approach to Europa occurred on July 21, 1998, offering new images of ice in space. The nine sites listed offer insights and details of the recent findings and discoveries related to ice.

  9. Subsurface imaging reveals a confined aquifer beneath an ice-sealed Antarctic lake

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    Dugan, H. A.; Doran, P. T.; Tulaczyk, S.; Mikucki, J. A.; Arcone, S. A.; Auken, E.; Schamper, C.; Virginia, R. A.

    2015-01-01

    water oases are rare under extreme cold desert conditions found in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys. Here we report geophysical results that indicate that Lake Vida, one of the largest lakes in the region, is nearly frozen and underlain by widespread cryoconcentrated brine. A ground penetrating radar survey profiled 20 m into lake ice and facilitated bathymetric mapping of the upper lake basin. An airborne transient electromagnetic survey revealed a low-resistivity zone 30-100 m beneath the lake surface. Based on previous knowledge of brine chemistry and local geology, we interpret this zone to be a confined aquifer situated in sediments with a porosity of 23-42%. Discovery of this aquifer suggests that subsurface liquid water may be more pervasive in regions of continuous permafrost than previously thought and may represent an extensive habitat for microbial populations.

  10. Evidence for in-situ metabolic activity in ice sheets based on anomalous trace gas records from the Vostok and other ice cores

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    Sowers, T.

    2003-04-01

    Measurements of trace gas species in ice cores are the primary means for reconstructing the composition of the atmosphere. The longest such record comes from the Vostok core taken from the central portion of the East Antarctic ice sheet [Petit et al., 1999]. In general, the trace gas records from Vostok are utilized as the reference signal when correlating trace gas measurements from other ice cores. The underlying assumption implicit in such endeavors is that the bubbles recovered from the ice cores record the composition of the atmosphere at the time the bubbles were formed. Another implicit assumption is that the composition of the bubbles has not been compromised by the extremely long storage periods within the ice sheet. While there is ample evidence that certain trace gas records (e.g. CO2 and CH4) have probably not been compromised, anomalous nitrous oxide (N2O) measurements from the penultimate glacial termination at Vostok are consistent with in-situ (N2O) production [Sowers, 2001]. In general, trace gas measurements from high altitude tropical/temperate glaciers are higher than expected based on contemporaneous measurements from polar cores. Measurements spanning the last 25kyr from the Sajama ice core from central Bolivia (18oS, 69oW, 6542masl), for example, were 1X-5X higher than contemporaneous values recorded in polar ice cores [Campen et al., 2003]. While other physical factors (like temperature/melting) may contribute to the elevated trace gas levels at these sites, the most likely explanation involves the accumulation of in-situ metabolic trace gas byproducts. Stable isotope measurements provide independent information for assessing the origin of the elevated trace gas levels in select samples. For the penultimate glacial termination at Vostok, the anomalous (N2O) values carry high ?15Nbulk and low ?18Obulk values that would be predicted if the added (N2O) was associated with in-situ nitrification. At Sajama, low ?13CH4 values observed during the last glacial period are consistent with methanogenic CH4 from acetogenesis. References Campen, R.K., T. Sowers, and R.B. Alley, Evidence of Microbial Consortia Metabolizing Within a Low-Latitude Mountain Glacier, Geology, 31 (No. 3), 231-234, 2003. Petit, J.R., J. Jouzel, D. Raynaud, N.I. Barkov, J.M. Barnola, I. Basile, B. M., J. Chappellaz, J. Davis, G. Delaygue, M. Delmontte, J.M. Kotyakov, M. Legrand, V. Lipenkov, C. Lorius, L. Pepin, C. Ritz, E. Saltzman, and M. Stievenard, Climate and atmospheric history of the past 420,000 years from the Vostok ice core, Antarctica, Nature, 399, 429-436, 1999. Sowers, T., The N2O record spanning the penultimate deglaciation from the Vostok ice core, Journal of Geophysical Research, 106 (D23), 31,903-31,914, 2001.

  11. Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution Project (RICE): A 65 Kyr ice core record of black carbon aerosol deposition to the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica.

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    Edwards, Ross; Bertler, Nancy; Tuohy, Andrea; Neff, Peter; Proemse, Bernedette; Feiteng, Wang; Goodwin, Ian; Hogan, Chad

    2015-04-01

    Emitted by fires, black carbon aerosols (rBC) perturb the atmosphere's physical and chemical properties and are climatically active. Sedimentary charcoal and other paleo-fire records suggest that rBC emissions have varied significantly in the past due to human activity and climate variability. However, few paleo rBC records exist to constrain reconstructions of the past rBC atmospheric distribution and its climate interaction. As part of the international Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project, we have developed an Antarctic rBC ice core record spanning the past ~65 Kyr. The RICE deep ice core was drilled from the Roosevelt Island ice dome in West Antarctica from 2011 to 2013. The high depth resolution (~ 1 cm) record was developed using a single particle intracavity laser-induced incandescence soot photometer (SP2) coupled to an ice core melter system. The rBC record displays sub-annual variability consistent with both austral dry-season and summer biomass burning. The record exhibits significant decadal to millennial-scale variability consistent with known changes in climate. Glacial rBC concentrations were much lower than Holocene concentrations with the exception of several periods of abrupt increases in rBC. The transition from glacial to interglacial rBC concentrations occurred over a much longer time relative to other ice core climate proxies such as water isotopes and suggests . The protracted increase in rBC during the transition may reflected Southern hemisphere ecosystem / fire regime changes in response to hydroclimate and human activity.

  12. Dating of a Dome Fuji (Antarctica) shallow ice core by volcanic signal synchronization with B32 and EDML1 chronologies

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    Motizuki, Y.; Nakai, Y.; Takahashi, K.; Igarashi, M.; Motoyama, H.; Suzuki, K.

    2014-01-01

    We found extremely good synchronization of volcanic eruption signals between a shallow ice core drilled at Dome Fuji in 2001 (DF01 core) and the B32 shallow ice core from Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. We then applied volcanic signature matching to transfer the B32 chronology constructed by annual layer counting to a portion of the DF01 core for which annual layer counting was difficult because of the low precipitation rate. Matching was done by careful comparison of non-sea-salt sulfate (nssSO42-) data, which have a temporal resolution of about 1 yr, between the DF01 and B32 cores. The newly obtained chronology is called DFS1 (Dome Fuji Shallow ice core 1). In total, 31 volcanic eruptions were synchronized from AD 1900 back to AD 187, the earliest volcanic eruption date in the B32 core. The mean accumulation rate between synchronized volcanic horizons of the Dome Fuji core relative to rates at the B32 core drilling site did not differ significantly between these dates, increasing our confidence in this matching approach. We also used the B32-correlated EDML1/EDC3 chronology obtained from the top part of the EPICA Dronning Maud Land (DML) deep ice core to date a portion of the DF01 core. This new chronology, called DFS2 (Dome Fuji Shallow ice core 2), uses the correlations between B32 and EDML1/EDC3 ages to date the DF01 core from AD 1900 back to AD 199; moreover, four volcanic eruption dates from the EDML1/EDC3 chronology were used to date the interval from AD 199 back to AD 1. Because the EDML1/EDC3 ages were determined by adopting the B32 chronology back to AD 1170, DFS1 and DFS2 dates are identical between AD 1170 and 1900. These two methods enabled us to obtain a detailed chronology of the DF01 core, in particular the part before the last millennium, which has been difficult before this. We also present the absolute mean accumulation rates at Dome Fuji between AD 1 and 1900, based on the DFS1 and DFS2 chronologies.

  13. New ice core records on the glacial/interglacial change in atmospheric ?13CO2

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    Fischer, H.; Schmitt, J.; Schneider, R.; Elsig, J.; Lourantou, A.; Leuenberger, M.; Stocker, T. F.; Koehler, P.; Lavric, J.; Raynaud, D. P.; Chappellaz, J. A.

    2010-12-01

    The reconstruction of ?13CO2 using Antarctic ice cores promises a deeper understanding on the causes of past atmospheric CO2 changes. Previous measurements on the Taylor Dome ice core over the last 30,000 years (Smith et al., 1999) indicated marine processes to be dominating the significant ?13CO2 changes over the transition, whereas glacial ?13CO2 was only slightly depleted relative to the Holocene (Leuenberger et al., 1992; Smith et al., 1999). However, significant uncertainty and the low temporal resolution of the Taylor Dome ?13CO2 data prevented a more detailed interpretation. Recently, substantial improvements have been made in the analysis and the resolution of ice core ?13CO2 records (Elsig et al., 2009; Lourantou et al., 2010). With these and new measurements presented here, three independent ?13CO2 data sets over the last glacial/interglacial transition have now been derived from the two EPICA and the Talos Dome ice cores. Two of the methods use traditional dry extraction techniques with a reproducibility of 0.07-0.1‰. The third method uses a novel sublimation technique with a reproducibility of 0.05‰. Here we compare the data sets, their analytical setups and discuss their joint information as well as their differences. The three records provide a more detailed picture on the temporal evolution of ?13CO2 and confirm two pronounced isotope minima between 18-12,000 years BP in parallel to the two major phases of CO2 increase (Lourantou et al., 2010; Smith et al., 1999) as also reflected in marine sediments (Marchitto et al., 2007; Skinner et al., 2010). Accordingly, a release of old carbon from the deep ocean is most likely responsible for a large part of the long-term increase in atmospheric CO2 in this time interval. However, the fast CO2 jumps at a round 12,000 and 14,000 years BP may be partly of terrestrial origin (Elsig, 2009; Köhler et al., 2010b). The new sublimation data set provides also unambiguous ?13CO2 data for clathrate ice in the LGM. This shows a rather constant ?13CO2 level, which is only about 0.1‰ lower than the Holocene, despite significant changes in the terrestrial and marine carbon storage. Accordingly, during the LGM the changes in the different processes acting on the glacial carbon cycle largely compensate each other with respect to ?13CO2 as predicted by carbon cycle modeling (Köhler et al., 2010a). References: Elsig, J. (2009), PhD thesis, University of Bern. Elsig, J. et al. (2009), Nature 461, 507-510. Köhler, P. et al. (2010a), Paleoceanogr. 25, doi:10.1029/2008PA001703. Köhler, P. et al. (2010b), Climate of the Past Disc. 6, 1473-1501. Leuenberger et al. (1992), Nature 357, 488-490. Lourantou, A. et al. (2010), Global Biogeochem. Cycles 24, doi:10.1029/2009GB003545. Marchitto et al. (2007), Science 316, 1456-1459. Skinner, L. C. et al. (2010), Science 328, 1147-1151. Smith, H. J. et al. (1999), Nature 400, 248-250.

  14. Relationship Between Large-Scale Circulation and Ice Core Proxy Data from the McCall Glacier, Alaska

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    Cassano, E.; Cassano, J. J.; McConnell, J.; Nolan, M.

    2014-12-01

    Ice cores have often been used to reconstruct paleoclimate based on proxies contained in the cores. Using an ice core from McCall Glacier, in the eastern Brooks Range of Alaska we identify relationships between ice core proxies and synoptic weather patterns influencing McCall Glacier. The self-organizing map (SOM) algorithm is used to objectively identify the synoptic circulation patterns both at the surface and aloft for this region and relate these patterns to 27 proxies processed from the ice core for the past 60 years when reliable atmospheric reanalysis data are available. Correlation analysis with gridded circulation data at both the surface and aloft and with the frequency of synoptic patterns identified by the climate classification created with the SOM algorithm was performed. Results showed the strongest relationships with Iodine, Nitric Acid, Phosphorus, and two measurements of black carbon while aluminum had the weakest relationship with circulation. In addition, seasonal analysis showed the strongest circulation relationships in spring and summer with the weakest in autumn.

  15. Ammonium and non-sea salt sulfate in the EPICA ice cores as indicator of biological activity in the Southern Ocean

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    Fischer, Hubertus

    Ammonium and non-sea salt sulfate in the EPICA ice cores as indicator of biological activity. The ice core record from Dome C is influenced by the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean (SO), whereas glacial cycles, in contrary to the distinct transitions for mineral dust and sea salt aerosol over

  16. Can we retrieve a clear paleoclimatic signal from the deeper part of the EPICA Dome C ice core?

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    Tison, J.-L.; de Angelis, M.; Littot, G.; Wolff, E.; Fischer, H.; Hansson, M.; Bigler, M.; Udisti, R.; Wegner, A.; Jouzel, J.; Stenni, B.; Johnsen, S.; Masson-Delmotte, V.; Landais, A.; Lipenkov, V.; Loulergue, L.; Barnola, J.-M.; Petit, J.-R.; Delmonte, B.; Dreyfus, G.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Durand, G.; Bereiter, B.; Schilt, A.; Spahni, R.; Pol, K.; Lorrain, R.; Souchez, R.; Samyn, D.

    2015-01-01

    An important share of paleoclimatic information is buried within the lowermost layers of deep ice cores. Because improving our records further back in time is one of the main challenges in the near future, it is essential to judge how deep these records remain unaltered, since the proximity of the bedrock is likely to interfere both with the recorded temporal sequence and the ice properties. In this paper, we present a multiparametric study (?D-?18Oice, ?18Oatm, total air content, CO2, CH4, N2O, dust, high resolution chemistry, ice texture) of the bottom 60 m of the EPICA Dome C ice core from central Antarctica. These bottom layers have been subdivided in two sections: the lower 12 m showing visible solid inclusions (basal ice) and the 48 m above which we refer to as "deep ice". Some of the data are consistent with a pristine paleoclimatic signal, others show clear anomalies. It is demonstrated that neither large scale bottom refreezing of subglacial water, nor mixing (be it internal or with a local basal end-term from a previous/initial ice sheet configuration) can explain the observed bottom ice properties. We focus on the high-resolution chemical profiles and on the available remote sensing data on the subglacial topography of the site to propose a mechanism by which relative stretching of the bottom ice sheet layers is made possible, due to the progressively confining effect of subglacial valley sides. This stress field change, combined with bottom ice temperature close to the pressure melting point, induces accelerated migration recrystallization, which results in spatial chemical sorting of the impurities, depending on their state (dissolved vs. solid) and if they are involved or not in salt formation. This chemical sorting effect is responsible for the progressive build-up of the visible solid aggregates that therefore mainly originate "from within", and not from incorporation processes of allochtone material at the ice-bedrock interface. We also discuss how the proposed mechanism is compatible with the other variables described. We conclude that the paleoclimatic signal is only marginally affected in terms of global ice properties at the bottom of EPICA Dome C, but that the time scale has been considerably distorted by mechanical stretching of MIS20 due to the increasing influence of the subglacial topography, a process that might have started well above the bottom ice.

  17. Climate sensitivity of the century-scale hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) record preserved in 23 ice cores from West Antarctica

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    Markus M. Frey; Roger C. Bales; Joseph R. McConnell

    2006-01-01

    We report new century-scale ice core records of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a major atmospheric oxidant, from 23 locations across the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and use the spatial variability of (multi-) annual mean H2O2 concentrations in snow and firn to investigate the sensitivity of ice core H2O2 preservation to mean annual temperature and accumulation rate. In agreement with the

  18. Climatic implications of the dust measurements from a horizontal ice core sequence in ablation area of Taylor glacier (Antarctica)

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    Grente, Benjamin; Petit, Jean Robert; Baggenstos, Daniel; Severinghaus, Jeffrey; McConnell, Joseph; Sigl, Michael; Maselli, Olivia; Bauska, Thomas; Brook, Edward

    2013-04-01

    We present a new dust record from a horizontal ice core taken in the ablation zone of Taylor Glacier. The glacier is fed by ice deposited on the northern slope of Taylor Dome and flows in a dry valley region (Antarctica) where the ice surface mostly disappears by sublimation. A series of ice samples have been collected from 202 shallow cores performed every 30cm along an 80m long transect outside from an apparent ice folding. The 7 cm long section was analyzed for the dust size and concentration by using a Coulter counter multisizer IIe, after decontamination of the outer part of the ice by the washing method. The size distribution of the dust samples displays a systematic a mode around 2 microns and the absence of particle larger than 5-7 microns, a property which is similar to dust records from inland sites. This indicates the dust has a long distance transport origin excluding the surrounding dry valleys and denuded mountains area as potential sources. As an implication, we use the dust data to tie our record to the EPICA Dome C timescale. The series in undisturbed (no folding) and encompasses the full deglaciation from ~38 ka to ~15 ka. Comparison with other climate proxies (stable isotope, chemistry, gases …) shows that the Taylor Dome region went through a similar deglacial climatic transition as the rest of Antarctica.

  19. Implication of azelaic acid in a Greenland Ice Core for oceanic and atmospheric changes in high latitudes

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    Kawamura, K.; Yokoyama, K.; Fujii, Y.; Watanabe, O.

    A Greenland ice core (450 years) has been studied for low molecular weight dicarboxylic acids (C2-C10) using a capillary gas chromatography and mass spectrometer. Their molecular distribution generally showed a predominance of succinic acid (C4) followed by oxalic (C2), malonic (C3), glutaric (C5), adipic (C6), and azelaic (C9) acids. Azelaic acid, that is a specific photochemical reaction product of biogenic unsaturated fatty acids, gave a characteristic historical trend in the ice core; i.e., the concentrations are relatively low during late 16th to 19th century (Little Ice Age) but become very high in late 19th to 20th century (warmer periods) with a large peak in 1940s AD. Lower concentrations of azelaic acid may have been caused by a depressed emission of unsaturated fatty acids from seawater microlayers due to enhanced sea ice coverage during Little Ice Age. Inversely, increased concentrations of azelaic acid in late 19th to 20th century are likely interpreted by an enhanced sea-to-air emission of the precursor unsaturated fatty acids due to a retreat of sea ice and/or by the enhanced production due to a potentially increased oxidizing capability of the atmosphere.

  20. High resolution measurements of carbon monoxide along a late Holocene Greenland ice core: evidence for in situ production

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    Faïn, X.; Chappellaz, J.; Rhodes, R. H.; Stowasser, C.; Blunier, T.; McConnell, J. R.; Brook, E. J.; Preunkert, S.; Legrand, M.; Debois, T.; Romanini, D.

    2014-05-01

    We present high-resolution measurements of carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations from a shallow ice core of the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling project (NEEM-2011-S1). An optical-feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometer (OF-CEAS) coupled to a continuous melter system performed continuous, online analysis during a four-week measurement campaign. This analytical setup generated stable measurements of CO concentrations with an external precision of 7.8 ppbv (1?), based on repeated analyses of equivalent ice core sections. However, this first application of this measurement technique suffered from a poorly constrained procedural blank of 48 ± 25 ppbv and poor accuracy because an absolute calibration was not possible. The NEEM-2011-S1 CO record spans 1800 yr and the long-term trends within the most recent section of this record (i.e., post 1700 AD) resemble the existing discrete CO measurements from the Eurocore ice core. However, the CO concentration is highly variable (75-1327 ppbv range) throughout the ice core with high frequency (annual scale), high amplitude spikes characterizing the record. These CO signals are too abrupt and rapid to reflect atmospheric variability and their prevalence largely prevents interpretation of the record in terms of atmospheric CO variation. The abrupt CO spikes are likely the result of in situ production occurring within the ice itself, although the unlikely possibility of CO production driven by non-photolytic, fast kinetic processes within the continuous melter system cannot be excluded. We observe that 68% of the CO spikes are observed in ice layers enriched with pyrogenic aerosols. Such aerosols, originating from boreal biomass burning emissions, contain organic compounds, which may be oxidized or photodissociated to produce CO within the ice. However, the NEEM-2011-S1 record displays an increase of ~0.05 ppbv yr-1 in baseline CO level prior to 1700 AD (129 m depth) and the concentration remains elevated, even for ice layers depleted in dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Thus, the processes driving the likely in situ production of CO within the NEEM ice may involve multiple, complex chemical pathways not all related to past fire history and require further investigation.

  1. Measurement of Atmospheric Neutrino Oscillations with IceCube/DeepCore in its 79-string Configuration

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    Euler, Sebastian

    With its low-energy extension DeepCore, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is able to detect neutrino events with energies as low as 10 GeV. This permits the investigation of flavor oscillations of atmospheric muon neutrinos in an energy range not covered by other experiments, opening a new window on the physics of atmospheric neutrino oscillations. The oscillation probability depends on the observed neutrino zenith angle and energy. Maximum disappearance is expected for vertically upward moving muon neutrinos at around 25 GeV. A recent analysis has rejected the non-oscillation hypothesis with a significance of about 5 ? based on data obtained with IceCube while it was operating in its 79-string configuration [1]. The analysis presented here uses data from the same detector configuration, but implements a more powerful approach for the event selection, which yields a dataset with an order of magnitude higher statistics (more than 8 000 events). We present new results based on a likelihood analysis of the two observables zenith angle and energy. The non-oscillation hypothesis is rejected with a significance32 of about 5.7 ?. In the 2-flavor approximation, our best-fit oscillation parameters are ?m2 = (2.2 ± 0.5) · 10-3eV2 and0.14 sin2 (2?23) = 1.0+0-0.14, in good agreement with measurements at lower energy.

  2. Phylogenetic Diversity and Metabolic Potential Revealed in a Glacier Ice Metagenome? †

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    Simon, Carola; Wiezer, Arnim; Strittmatter, Axel W.; Daniel, Rolf

    2009-01-01

    The largest part of the Earth's microbial biomass is stored in cold environments, which represent almost untapped reservoirs of novel species, processes, and genes. In this study, the first metagenomic survey of the metabolic potential and phylogenetic diversity of a microbial assemblage present in glacial ice is presented. DNA was isolated from glacial ice of the Northern Schneeferner, Germany. Pyrosequencing of this DNA yielded 1,076,539 reads (239.7 Mbp). The phylogenetic composition of the prokaryotic community was assessed by evaluation of a pyrosequencing-derived data set and sequencing of 16S rRNA genes. The Proteobacteria (mainly Betaproteobacteria), Bacteroidetes, and Actinobacteria were the predominant phylogenetic groups. In addition, isolation of psychrophilic microorganisms was performed, and 13 different bacterial isolates were recovered. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequences of the isolates revealed that all were affiliated to the predominant groups. As expected for microorganisms residing in a low-nutrient environment, a high metabolic versatility with respect to degradation of organic substrates was detected by analysis of the pyrosequencing-derived data set. The presence of autotrophic microorganisms was indicated by identification of genes typical for different ways of carbon fixation. In accordance with the results of the phylogenetic studies, in which mainly aerobic and facultative aerobic bacteria were detected, genes typical for central metabolism of aerobes were found. Nevertheless, the capability of growth under anaerobic conditions was indicated by genes involved in dissimilatory nitrate/nitrite reduction. Numerous characteristics for metabolic adaptations associated with a psychrophilic lifestyle, such as formation of cryoprotectants and maintenance of membrane fluidity by the incorporation of unsaturated fatty acids, were detected. Thus, analysis of the glacial metagenome provided insights into the microbial life in frozen habitats on Earth, thereby possibly shedding light onto microbial life in analogous extraterrestrial environments. PMID:19801459

  3. High-sensitivity measurement of diverse vascular plant-derived biomarkers in high-altitude ice cores

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    Makou, Matthew C.; Thompson, Lonnie G.; Montluçon, Daniel B.; Eglinton, Timothy I.

    2009-07-01

    Semi-volatile organic compounds derived from burned and fresh vascular plant sources and preserved in high-altitude ice fields were detected and identified through use of recently developed analytical tools. Specifically, stir bar sorptive extraction and thermal desorption coupled with gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry allowed measurement of multiple biomarkers in small sample volumes (?30 ml). Among other compounds of interest, several diterpenoids, which suggest inputs from conifers and conifer burning, were identified in post-industrial era and older Holocene ice from the Sajama site in the Bolivian Andes, but not in a glacial period sample, consistent with aridity changes. Differences in biomarker assemblages between sites support the use of these compounds as regionally constrained recorders of vegetation and climate change. This study represents the first application of these analytical techniques to ice core research and the first indication that records of vegetation fires may be reconstructed from diterpenoids in ice.

  4. Validity of the Temperature Reconstruction from Water Isotopes in Ice Cores

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    Jouzel, J.; Alley, R. B.; Cuffey, K. M.; Dansgaard, W.; Grootes, P.; Hoffmann, G.; Johnsen, S. J.; Koster, R. D.; Peel, D.; Shuman, C. A.; Stievenard, M.; Stuiver, M.; White, J.

    1997-01-01

    Well-documented present-day distributions of stable water isotopes (HDO and others) show the existence, in middle and high latitudes, of a linear relationship between the mean annual isotope content of precipitation (SD and 51"0) and the mean annual temperature at the precipitation site. Paleoclimatologists have used this relationship, which is particularly well obeyed over Greenland and Antarctica, to infer paleotemperatures from ice core data. There is, however, growing evidence that spatial and temporal isotope/ surface temperature slopes differ, thus complicating the use of stable water isotopes as paleothermometers. In this paper we review empirical estimates of temporal slopes in polar regions and relevant information that can be inferred from isotope models: simple, Rayleigh-type distillation models and (particularly over Greenland) general circulation models (GCMS) fitted with isotope tracer diagnostics. Empirical estimates of temporal slopes appear consistently lower than present-day spatial slopes and are dependent on the timescale considered. This difference is most probably due to changes in the evaporative origins of moisture, changes in the seasonality of the precipitation, changes in the strength of the inversion layer, or some combination of these changes. Isotope models have not yet been used to evaluate the relative influences of these different factors. The apparent disagreement in the temporal and spatial slopes clearly makes calibrating the isotope paleothermometer difficult. Nevertheless, the use of a (calibrated) isotope paleothermometer appears justified; empirical estimates and most (though not all) GCM results support the practice of interpreting ice core isotope records in terms of local temperature changes.

  5. Dating the Vostok ice core record by importing the Devils Hole chronology

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    Landwehr, J.M.; Winograd, I.J.

    2001-01-01

    The development of an accurate chronology for the Vostok record continues to be an open research question because these invaluable ice cores cannot be dated directly. Depth-to-age relationships have been developed using many different approaches, but published age estimates are inconsistent, even for major paleoclimatic events. We have developed a chronology for the Vostok deuterium paleotemperature record using a simple and objective algorithm to transfer ages of major paleoclimatic events from the radiometrically dated 500,000-year ??18O-paleotemperature record from Devils Hole, Nevada. The method is based only on a strong inference that major shifts in paleotemperature recorded at both locations occurred synchronously, consistent with an atmospheric teleconnection. The derived depth-to-age relationship conforms with the physics of ice compaction, and internally produces ages for climatic events 5.4 and 11.24 which are consistent with the externally assigned ages that the Vostok team needed to assume in order to derive their most recent chronology, GT4. Indeed, the resulting V-DH chronology is highly correlated with GT4 because of the unexpected correspondence even in the timing of second-order climatic events that were not constrained by the algorithm. Furthermore, the algorithm developed herein is not specific to this problem; rather, the procedure can be used whenever two paleoclimate records are proxies for the same physical phenomenon, and paleoclimatic conditions forcing the two records can be considered to have occurred contemporaneously. The ability of the algorithm to date the East Antarctic Dome Fuji core is also demonstrated.

  6. Evidence from polar ice cores for the increase in atmospheric CO2 in the past two centuries

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    A. Neftel; E. Moor; H. Oeschger; B. Stauffer

    1985-01-01

    Measurements of the CO2 gas concentration enclosed in an ice core from Siple Station, Antarctica, are reported which allow the development of atmospheric CO2 to be traced from a period overlapping the Mauna Loa record back over the past two centuries. The results indicate that atmospheric CO2 concentration around 1750 was 280 + or - 5 ppmv and has increased

  7. Lithology and chronology of ice-sheet fluctuations (magnetic susceptibility of cores from the western Ross Sea)

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    Jennings, Anne E.

    1993-01-01

    The goals of the marine geology part of WAIS include reconstructing the chronology and areal extent of ice-sheet fluctuations and understanding the climatic and oceanographic influences on ice-sheet history. As an initial step toward attaining these goals, down-core volume magnetic susceptibility (MS) logs of piston cores from three N-S transects in the western Ross Sea are compared. The core transects are within separate petrographic provinces based on analyses of till composition. The provinces are thought to reflect the previous locations of ice streams on the shelf during the last glaciation. Magnetic susceptibility is a function of magnetic mineral composition, sediment texture, and sediment density. It is applied in the western Ross Sea for two purposes: (1) to determine whether MS data differentiates the three transects (i.e., flow lines), and thus can be used to make paleodrainage reconstructions of the late Wisconsinan ice sheet; and (2) to determine whether the MS data can aid in distinguishing basal till diamictons from diamictons of glacial-marine origin and thus, aid paleoenvironmental interpretations. A comparison of the combined data of cores in each transect is presented.

  8. Atmospheric CO2 Concentration from 60 to 20 Kyr BP from the Taylor Dome Ice Core, Antarctica

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    Indermühle, A.

    2000-01-01

    In the first of half of 2000, several data files were added to the North American Pollen Database. These include data from the recent publication: "Atmospheric CO2 Concentration from 60 to 20 Kyr BP from the Taylor Dome Ice Core, Antarctica" by Indermuhle et al.

  9. A 62 ka record from the WAIS Divide ice core with annual resolution to 30 ka (so far)

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    Fudge, T. J.; Taylor, K.; McGwire, K.; Brook, E.; Sowers, T.; Steig, E.; White, J.; Vaughn, B.; Bay, R.; McConnell, J.; Waddington, E.; Conway, H.; Clow, G.; Cuffey, K.; Cole-Dai, J.; Ferris, D.; Severinghaus, J.

    2012-04-01

    Drilling of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide ice core has been completed to a depth of 3400 m, about 60 meters above the bed. We present an annually resolved time scale for the most recent 30ka (to 2800 m) based on electrical conductivity measurements, called "timescale WDC06A-5". Below 2800 m the ice is dated by matching isotopes, methane, and/or dust records to other ice cores. Optical borehole logging provides stratigraphic ties to other cores for the bottom-most 75 m that was drilled in December 2011, and indicates the bottom-most ice has an age of 62 ka. The relatively young ice at depth is likely the result of basal melting. The inferred annual layer thickness of the deep ice is >1 cm, suggesting that annual layer counting throughout the entire core may be possible with continuous flow analysis of the ice core chemistry; however, the annual signal in the electrical measurements fades at about 30 ka. We compare the WDC06A-5 timescale through the glacial-interglacial transition with the Greenland GICC05 and GISP2 timescales via rapid variations in methane. We calculate a preliminary delta-age with: 1) accumulation rate inferred from the annual layer thicknesses and thinning functions computed with a 1-D ice flow model, and 2) surface temperature inferred from the low resolution d18O record and a preliminary borehole temperature profile. The WDC06A-5 timescale agrees with the GICC05 and GISP2 timescales to within decades at the 8.2k event and the ACR termination (Younger Dryas/Preboreal transition, 11.7 ka). This is within the delta-age and correlation uncertainties. At the rapid methane drop at ~12.8 ka, the WDC06A-5 timescale is ~150 years older than GICC05 and ~90 older than GISP2; while at ~14.8 ka, the timescales once again agree within the delta-age and correlation uncertainties. The cause of the age discrepancy at 12.8 ka is unclear. We also compare the WDC06A-5 timescale at Dansgaard-Oeschger events 3 and 4 (~27.5 and 29 ka) to the radiometrically-dated speolethem records from Hulu Cave, China (Larry Edwards and Hai Cheng, personal communication). To make such a comparison, we assume that the rapid variations in methane from the WAIS Divide core are synchronous with the rapid variations in d18O in the speleothem record. We find that the WDC06A-5 timescale is multiple hundreds of years older than the Hulu Cave record. As the GICC05 timescale is younger than the Hulu timescale, this puts the WDC06A-5 timescale even older than the GICC05. The uncertainties in the comparison are large both because of the uncertainty in the synchroneity of the ice core methane and speleothem isotope variations and because of the larger delta-age for the ice core in the glacial period. The timescale for the WAIS Divide core will be revised when the CFA results become available.

  10. Quelccaya Ice Core Evidence of Widespread Atmospheric Pollution from Colonial Metallurgy after the Spanish Conquest of South America (1532 AD)

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    Gabrielli, P.; Uglietti, C.; Cooke, C. A.; Thompson, L. G.

    2014-12-01

    A few ice core records recovered from remote arctic regions suggest a widespread impact of toxic trace elements (Pb, Cu, Sb, As and Bi) to the North Hemisphere atmosphere prior to the onset of the Industrial Revolution (1780s-1830s). In the Southern Hemisphere, evidence for preindustrial trace element emissions are, to date, limited to sediment cores recovered from lakes located within the immediate airshed of major metallurgical centers of South America. Thus it remains unresolved whether they could have had a larger scale impact. Here, we present an annually resolved ice core record of anthropogenic trace element deposition from the remote drilling site of the Quelccaya Ice Cap (Peru) that spans 793-1989 AD. During the pre-Inca period (i.e., prior to ~1450 AD) the deposition of trace elements was dominated by the fallout of aeolian dust from the deglaciated margins of the ice cap and of ash from occasional volcanic eruptions. In contrast, the ice core record indicates a clear anthropogenic signal emerging after the onset of large scale colonial mining and metallurgy (1532-1820 AD), ~300 years prior to the Industrial Revolution during the last part of the Little Ice Age. This shift was coincidental with a major technological transition for silver extraction (1572 AD), from lead-based smelting to mercury amalgamation, that initiated a major increase in ore mining and milling that likely resulted in an increase of metallic dust emissions. While atmospheric trace element deposition resulting from colonial metallurgy was certainly much larger than during the pre-Colonial period, trace element fallout during the Colonial era was still several factors lower than during the 20th century, when the construction of the trans-Andean railway and highways promoted a widespread societal and industrial development of South America.

  11. A new 10Be record recovered from an Antarctic ice core: validity and limitations to record the solar activity

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    Baroni, Mélanie; Bard, Edouard; Aster Team

    2015-04-01

    Cosmogenic nuclides provide the only possibility to document solar activity over millennia. Carbon-14 (14C) and beryllium-10 (10Be) records are retrieved from tree rings and ice cores, respectively. Recently, 14C records have also proven to be reliable to detect two large Solar Proton Events (SPE) (Miyake et al., Nature, 2012, Miyake et al., Nat. Commun., 2013) that occurred in 774-775 A.D. and in 993-994 A.D.. The origin of these events is still under debate but it opens new perspectives for the interpretation of 10Be ice core records. We present a new 10Be record from an ice core from Dome C (Antarctica) covering the last millennium. The chronology of this new ice core has been established by matching volcanic events on the WAIS Divide ice core (WDC06A) that is the best dated record in Antarctica over the Holocene (Sigl et al., JGR, 2013, Sigl et al., Nat. Clim. Change, 2014). The five minima of solar activity (Oort, Wolf, Spörer, Maunder and Dalton) are detected and characterized by a 10Be concentration increase of ca. 20% above average in agreement with previous studies of ice cores drilled at South Pole and Dome Fuji in Antarctica (Bard et al., EPSL, 1997; Horiuchi et al., Quat. Geochrono., 2008) and at NGRIP and Dye3 in Greenland (Berggren et al., GRL, 2009). The high resolution, on the order of a year, allows the detection of the 11-year solar cycle. Sulfate concentration, a proxy for volcanic eruptions, has also been measured in the very same samples, allowing a precise comparison of both 10Be and sulfate profiles. We confirm the systematic relationship between stratospheric eruptions and 10Be concentration increases, first evidenced by observations of the stratospheric volcanic eruptions of Agung in 1963 and Pinatubo in 1991 (Baroni et al., GCA, 2011). This relationship is due to an increase in 10Be deposition linked to the role played by the sedimentation of volcanic aerosols. In the light of these new elements, we will discuss the limitations and possibilities of using a 10Be ice core record to detect SPE and the variations of past solar activity.

  12. Time-Series Trends of Trace Elements in AN Ice Core from Antarctica.

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    Keskin, Siddik Sinan

    Trace element measurements were made by instrumental neutron activation analysis on stratigraphically dated ice core samples from Byrd Station, Antarctica, to determine the concentration levels of natural and anthropogenic substances. Sampling was continuous between 1926 A.D. and 1989 A.D. and selective between 1711 A.D. and 1926 A.D. Twenty-one elements with concentrations above the detection limits were determined. The time period between 1969 A.D. and 1989 A.D. showed an enhanced impact on the Antarctic ice sheets from natural sources in the form of marine and crustal aerosols. A disturbed ocean-atmosphere interface due to El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events seems to be a candidate especially for the enhanced marine aerosol deposition in Antarctica. Time-series trend of the concentration of deposited aluminum, which is mainly a crustal aerosol related element, shows a strong negative correlation with the time-series trend of annual average total column ozone concentrations homogenized between the 60^circS and 90^circS latitudes from the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) ozone data set. Although the time period is not long enough to draw a strong conclusion (1979-1989), tbe special role of crustal origin clay minerals on cloud nucleation dynamics might be a factor in the heterogeneous stratospheric ozone depletion chemistry through polar stratospheric cloud dynamics, assuming some troposphere-stratosphere mixing of these aerosols. The correlation of antimony and arsenic enrichments with known or suspected volcanic events was established. These marker elements was shown to be useful especially for the identification of specific historical volcanic events with low sulfur emissions. Although a cleat anthropogenic impact was not observed, concentrations of arsenic, chromium. and zinc, which might come from both natural and anthropogenic sources, indicated an increase after 1960's. Principal component factor analysis indicated a possible transition-metal (especially manganese and iron) catalyzed bromine chemistry cycle, which has been suggested as the cause of tropospheric surface-level ozone depletion observed in Greenland. Calculated snow-to-air scavenging ratios indicated more efficient scavenging for crustal aerosols followed by marine and volatile elements. A new method was developed for direct air content determination in small deep ice core samples through the measurement of enclosed argon gas by instrumental neutron activation analysis. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617 -253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.).

  13. Provenance of the ice cored moraine tills at Mt. Achernar, Law Glacier, Antarctica

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    Bader, N.; Licht, K.; Dits, T.; Kaplan, M. R.; Schaefer, J. M.; Winckler, G.; Flood, T. P.

    2012-12-01

    The study of glacial till from an extensive moraine complex at the head of Law Glacier, Antarctica, provides new information about changes in provenance over time. Zircon geochronology and pebble lithology were analyzed across a 7.5 km transect of the Mt. Achernar ice-cored moraine. This moraine increases in age away from the active ice margin, indicated by increasing surface weathering of rocks, till thickness (<1 cm to >38 cm), and 10Be exposure ages. The cosmogenic ages range from <10,000 years to ~200,000, with most of the moraine complex dating to the last two glacial cycles. Random samples of ~100 pebbles were collected from ~24 moraine crests along the transect. Faceting and/or striations were seen on ~12% of pebbles, which averaged 59% igneous, 12% metamorphic, and 29% sedimentary rock fragments. The abundance of sedimentary and igneous rock fragments varies up to 70% between adjacent crests, supporting field observations of distinct lithologic bands of sandstone and dolerite. The source rocks are interpreted to be primarily the local Beacon and Ferrar Supergroup rocks, with only <2% exotic felsic igneous and metamorphic rocks. Using laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-MC-ICPMS), the U and Pb isotopes of 684 detrital zircons in the till were analyzed. The U/Pb data from the till show significant populations from the Permian ~250-260 Ma, the Proterozoic ~565-600 Ma, ~950-1270 Ma, and ~2300-2321 Ma, as well as the late Archean ~2700-2770 Ma. These dominant populations show little variation across the moraine and are consistent with a Beacon source. The U/Pb data indicate that the ice flow and erosion of the same source material has been consistent since at least the past ~200 ka, implying a stable ice sheet. However, the distinct lithologic bands across the moraine create an interesting contradiction and is likely a function of source rock erodibility and zircon content, as well as the geometry of upstream subglacial bedrock units.

  14. Evolution of a highly vulnerable ice-cored moraine: Col des Gentianes, Swiss Alps

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    Ravanel, L.; Lambiel, C.; Oppikofer, T.; Mazotti, B.; Jaboyedoff, M.

    2012-04-01

    Rock mass movements are dominant in the morphodynamics of high mountain rock slopes and are at the origin of significant risks for people who attend these areas and for infrastructures that are built on (mountain huts, cable cars, etc.). These risks are becoming greater because of permafrost degradation and glacier retreat, two consequences of the global warming. These two commonly associated factors may affect slope stability by changing mechanical properties of the interstitial ice and modifying the mechanical constraints in these rock slopes. Between 1977 and 1979, significant works were carried out on the Little Ice Age moraine of the Tortin glacier at the Col des Gentianes (2894 m), in the Mont Fort area (Verbier, Switzerland), for the construction of a cable car station and a restaurant. Since the early 1980s, the glacier drastically retreated and the moraine became unstable: its inner slope has retreated for several meters. Various observations and geoelectric measurements indicate that significant volume of massive ice mass is still present within the moraine (ice-cored moraine). Its melting could therefore increase the instability of the moraine. Since 2007, the moraine is surveyed by terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) in order to characterize its evolution: 8 campaigns were conducted between July 2007 and October 2011. The comparison of the high resolution 3D models so obtained allowed the detection and quantification of mass movements that have affected the moraine over this period, essentially by calculating difference maps (shortest oblique distances between two models). Between July 2007 and October 2011, 7 landslides were measured, involving volumes between 87 and 1138 m3. The most important of these occurred during the summers 2009 and 2011. TLS data also allowed identifying: (i) two main areas affected by slower but sometimes substantial movements (displacements of blocks on more than 2 m during a summer period); (ii) significant deposits of anthropogenic materials and their mechanical readjustments; and (iii) a loss of thickness of the glacier approaching 10 m at the foot of the moraine. Except for the morphological changes related to the landscaping of ski-runs, mass movements identified by TLS since 2007 are mainly resulting from glacier retreat and, to a lesser extent, to permafrost creep and degradation.

  15. Ice core records of the evolution of atmospheric methane in the Holocene

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    Brook, E. J.; Mitchell, L.; Severinghaus, J.; Harder, S.

    2008-12-01

    Atmospheric methane mixing ratios declined from peak values of ~680-730 ppb in the early Holocene, to a broad minimum of ~560-610 ppb in the mid-Holocene, then rose toward values of 690-725 ppb in the late pre-Industrial Holocene. The mid-Holocene minimum is unusual relative to the long-term ice core record, leading to suggestions that the post 5 ka increase may have been due to early human sources. We generated two new high-precision Holocene ice core methane records, from Greenland and Antarctica, analyzing over 380 new samples in duplicate. This allows an accurate comparison of absolute methane levels in the high latitude northern and southern hemispheres, providing clues to changes in source locations. The late Holocene rise is associated with a decreasing inter-polar methane gradient, indicating a dominating increase in low latitude sources. Could the rise be due to natural changes in emissions from wetlands? Northern hemisphere summer isolation decreased over this time period, which should have decreased temperature and precipitation in many methane-producing regions. One important observation, though, is that over 60% of the late pre-industrial Holocene rise happened after 2,000 years ago. Asian monsoon proxies from Chinese cave deposits, and the isotopic composition of atmospheric oxygen (Severinghaus et al., this meeting), suggest increased rainfall in the tropics after 2,000 years B.P. In addition, southern hemisphere wetland methane sources must have increased as southern summer insolation increased through the Holocene, though the contribution to the global budget is unclear. Another puzzling aspect of the data is that mid-Holocene results seem to require a source 'flip-flop'. The mid- Holocene minimum is associated with a high gradient, indicating relatively larger northern sources and smaller tropical sources. This may reflect the drying of a tropical region, perhaps in Africa (which is also consistent with the atmospheric oxygen isotope data), and increases in boreal emissions as the Laurentide ice sheet disappeared. In the early Holocene, a slow decline of methane concentrations and inter-polar gradient from 11,000 years B.P. to ~6,000 years B.P. reflects decreasing sources globally, but a relatively larger decline in the high latitude north. This trend is plausibly related to declining northern hemisphere insolation. We also produced a record with decadal resolution for the last 1000 years from the WAIS Divide ice core in Antarctica. The data show obvious methane maxima at about 1150, 1300, 1550, and 1700 AD, consistent with the one other record (Law Dome) that covers this time period in detail (MacFarling Meure et al., 2006; Geophysical Research Letters, 33). Preliminary high-resolution data from Greenland match these patterns extremely well. A direct relationship with population trends or climate patterns is not yet obvious.

  16. Using Water Vapor Isotope Observations from above the Greenland Ice Sheet to improve the Interpretation of Ice Core Water Stable Isotope Records

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    Steen-Larsen, H. C.; Masson-Delmotte, V.; Risi, C. M.; Yoshimura, K.; Werner, M.; Butzin, M.; Brun, E.; Landais, A.; Bonne, J. L.; Dahl-Jensen, D.

    2014-12-01

    Water stable isotope data from Greenland ice cores provide key paleoclimatic information. For the purpose of improving the climatic interpretation from ice core records, a monitoring of the isotopic composition ?18O and ?D at several height levels (up to 13 meter) of near-surface water vapor, precipitation and snow in the first 0.5 cm surface layer has been conducted during three summers (2010-2012) at NEEM, NW Greenland. We compare the observed water vapor isotopic composition with model outputs from three isotope-enabled general circulation models: LMDZiso, isoGSM, ECHAM-wiso. This allows us to benchmark the models and address effect of model resolution, effect of transport, effect of isotope parameterization, and representation of significant source region contributions. We find for all models that the simulated isotopic value ?D are significantly biased towards too enriched values. A bias, which is only partly explained by the air temperature. The simulated amplitude in d-excess variations is ~50% smaller than observed and the simulated average summer level is ~10‰ lower than in observations. Using back trajectories we observe water vapor of Arctic origin to have a high d-excess fingerprint. This fingerprint is not observed in the GCMiso simulations indicating a problem of simulating accurately the Arctic hydrological cycle. The bias in the simulated ?D and d-excess water vapor is similar to the already-documented bias in the simulated ?D and d-excess of Greenland ice core records. This suggests that if we improve the simulation of the water vapor isotopic composition we might also improve the simulation of the ice core isotope record. During periods between precipitation events, our data demonstrate parallel changes of ?18O and d-excess in surface snow and near-surface vapor. The changes in ?18O of the vapor are similar or larger than those of the snow ?18O. It is estimated using the CROCUS snow model that 6 to 20% of the surface snow mass is exchanged with the atmosphere. We suggest that, in-between precipitation events, changes in the surface snow isotopic composition are driven by synoptic changes in near-surface vapor isotopic composition. This suggests that the ice core isotope climate signal might be driven by both the water vapor and precipitation isotope signal.

  17. Iceshelf instability and the collapsing NW margin of the Laurentide Ice Sheet: core evidence from Viscount Melville Sound, Arctic Canada

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    Furze, Mark; Pienkowski, Anna; England, John; da Silveira Ramos Esteves, Mariana; Bennett, Robbie; Krywko, Jack; Glembiski, Danna; McLean, Brian; Blasco, Steve

    2013-04-01

    Recent work in the western Canadian Arctic Archipelago has seen a dramatic re-evaluation of the timing and extent of Late Wisconsinan glaciation by a primarily cold-based Laurentide Ice sheet. This has included the occupation by ice of formerly-considered ice free terrain and the extension of grounded ice from the main channels of the Northwest Passage, westwards onto the Beaufort Sea continental shelf. Nonetheless, while the pattern of ice extent and initial retreat is now well constrained, significant questions remain regarding the main phase of ice retreat southeastwards onto mainland Canada and the stability of the retreating margin in response to ameliorating climate and sea-level change. Earlier terrestrially-based research along the Victoria, and Melville Island coasts of Viscount Melville Sound have demonstrated the retreat of grounded glacial ice from this >105 000 km2 basin by '13.5 cal ka BP followed by the re-establishment of a floating iceshelf impinging on the coasts of Viscount Melville Sound ~10.9 cal ka BP. Molluscan chronologies suggest the establishment of the iceshelf was extremely rapid, persisting for some 800 years, and subsequently undergoing an equally rapid collapse. This new and ongoing study investigates a series of Geological Survey of Canada / ArcticNet piston cores from the central part of Viscount Melville Sound, considered to have been beneath the short-lived ice shelf, thus permitting a detailed examination of the potential mechanisms and dynamics of iceshelf formation and collapse. Analyses of ice-rafted debris (IRD), coupled with micropalaeontological and chronostratigraphic investigation; data suggest a rapid ice advance into Viscount Melville Sound consistent with terrestrial interpretations. The presence of "rain-out tills" and IRD indicative of a Victoria Island / M'Clintock Channel origin is considered a result of deposition from a debris-rich tongue of floating glacial ice associated with streaming ice exiting M'Clintock Channel, permitting the on-shore rafting of ice and emplacement of coastal till sequences and iceshelf moraines. The rapid transition from sub-iceshelf sediments to ice proximal to distal sediments is also consistent with terrestrial evidence for the rapid retreat of the Viscount Melville Sound Iceshelf. AMS 14C-dated benthic foraminifera from above the iceshelf-marine transition provide a minimum age on iceshelf collapse of ~9.0 cal ka BP. Age-depth model projections bellow the lowermost core date assuming enhance ice-proximal sedimentation rates permit an approximate iceshelf collapse date similar to that indicated by terrestrial sequences. This ongoing study contributes towards an improved understanding of the glaciological constraints placed on the streaming of ice from M'Clintock Channel into the Sound and the resulting draw-down and destabilization of the NW sector of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Furthermore, emerging foraminiferal, diatom, and biogeochemical data provide valuable insights into the deglacial and postglacial history of the western sector of the Northwest Passage.

  18. A sequential Bayesian approach for the estimation of the age-depth relationship of Dome Fuji ice core

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    Nakano, S.; Suzuki, K.; Kawamura, K.; Parrenin, F.; Higuchi, T.

    2015-06-01

    A technique for estimating the age-depth relationship in an ice core and evaluating its uncertainty is presented. The age-depth relationship is mainly determined by the accumulation of snow at the site of the ice core and the thinning process due to the horizontal stretching and vertical compression of ice layers. However, since neither the accumulation process nor the thinning process are fully understood, it is essential to incorporate observational information into a model that describes the accumulation and thinning processes. In the proposed technique, the age as a function of depth is estimated from age markers and ?18O data. The estimation is achieved using the particle Markov chain Monte Carlo (PMCMC) method, in which the sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) method is combined with the Markov chain Monte Carlo method. In this hybrid method, the posterior distributions for the parameters in the models for the accumulation and thinning processes are computed using the Metropolis method, in which the likelihood is obtained with the SMC method. Meanwhile, the posterior distribution for the age as a function of depth is obtained by collecting the samples generated by the SMC method with Metropolis iterations. The use of this PMCMC method enables us to estimate the age-depth relationship without assuming either linearity or Gaussianity. The performance of the proposed technique is demonstrated by applying it to ice core data from Dome Fuji in Antarctica.

  19. Glacial-interglacial changes in moisture sources for Greenland: Influences on the ice core record of climate

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    Charles, C.D. (Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)); Rind, D. (Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY (United States)); Jouzel, J. (Laboratoire de Modelisation du Climat et de l'Environnement (France)); Koster, R.D. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (United States)); Fairbanks, R.G. (Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States))

    1994-01-28

    Large, abrupt shifts in the [sup 18]O/[sup 16]O ratio found in Greenland ice must reflect real features of the climate system variability. These isotopic shifts can be viewed as a result of air temperature fluctuations, but determination of the cause of the changes - the most crucial issue for future climate concerns - requires a detailed understanding of the controls on isotopes in precipitation. Results from general circulation model experiments suggest that the sources of Greenland precipitation varied with different climate states, allowing dynamic atmospheric mechanisms for influencing the ice core isotope shifts.

  20. ICESat measurements reveal complex pattern of elevation changes on Siple Coast ice streams, Antarctica

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    Csatho, B.; Ahn, Y.; Yoon, T.; van der Veen, Cornelis J.; Vogel, S.; Hamilton, G.; Morse, D.; Smith, B.; Spikes, V. B.

    2005-12-03

    We compare ICESat data (2003–2004) to airborne laser altimetry data (1997–98 and 1999–2000) to monitor surface changes over portions of Van der Veen (VdVIS), Whillans (WIS) and Kamb ice streams (KIS) in the Ross Embayment of the West Antarctic Ice...

  1. Cosmogenic production vs. climate for the nitrate record in the TALDICE Antarctic ice core

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    Poluianov, Stepan; Usoskin, Ilya; Traversi, Rita

    Reconstructions of solar activity on the multimillennial scale are based usually on records of two cosmogenic isotopes (14) C and (10) Be, measured in tree trunks or ice cores. In addition to these well-known proxies, a chemical tracer was recently proposed (Traversi et al., 2012), viz. nitrate, measured in an Antarctic ice sheet with moderate snow deposition rate. Tropo-stratospheric production of nitrate by cosmic rays is significant in polar regions because of the effect of energetic galactic cosmic rays. However, some climatic factors can influence a nitrate record there. Since the strongest source of nitrate is located at low and middle latitudes as driven by thunderstorm activity, the possible air transport from the lower latitudes to the polar region may significantly distort the signal of solar activity in a nitrate record. The present work is focused on a statistical study of the relation between the air transport from low and middle latitudes and the nitrate deposition in the polar region. We used the data from the TALDICE drilling project (Talos Dome, Antarctica). As galactic cosmic ray indices we used the reconstructions of heliospheric moderation parameter based on (14) C from INTCAL09 and (10) Be from GRIP. The data series cover the age range from 675 till 12000 years BP (i.e. before 1950). We applied the wavelet coherence analysis to compare the nitrate series with a number of substances/proxies: Na(+) , Ca(2+) , MSA (methanesulphonic acid), delta(18) O, no-sea-salt-SO_4(2-) and reconstructions of heliospheric modulation parameter from the (14) C and (10) Be records. We found (1) a confirmation that the multimillennial variability of nitrate is in inverse relation with cosmic ray flux; (2) no sign of the nitrate transport from lower latitudes to the site of deposition. This suggests that variations in the nitrate record in the time scale of hundreds-thousands of years are most likely caused by local production and deposition processes.

  2. High Resolution CO2 Reconstructions from the WAIS Divide Ice Core

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    Marcott, S. A.; Bauska, T. K.; Sowers, T. A.; Edwards, J. S.; Buizert, C.; Kalk, M.; Brook, E.

    2013-12-01

    A clear connection exists between atmospheric greenhouse gases, climate, and ice sheet volume during glacial-interglacial cycles. Establishing the role of carbon dioxide (CO2), both as a feedback and forcing, during the most recent glacial and deglacial periods provides an excellent opportunity for understanding how this connection operates. To do this, a precise, high-resolution, well-dated record of atmospheric CO2 is a prerequisite. We will present a carbon dioxide record from 40-35 and 28-9 ka from the last glacial and deglacial periods from a new ice core from West Antarctica with an average sampling resolution of 25-50 yrs. Our record shows that CO2 variations during the glacial period have a clear relationship with abrupt climate changes in the Northern Hemisphere that continues into the deglacial period. In addition, instead of being gradual (several millennia), nearly half of the ~85ppm rise in CO2 during the deglaciation occurred in three abrupt 10-15ppm steps that took place in less than 100-200 yrs and were followed by concentration plateaus. Each transition was synchronous with abrupt changes in methane (CH4), suggesting a rapid reorganization of the carbon cycle. These rapid changes in atmospheric CO2 and CH4 concentrations are also recorded during the Heinrich Stadials of MIS 3, demonstrating an important mechanism that operates on centennial time scales during the glacial and deglaciation, which may point to important thresholds in the global carbon cycle. We will present our most recent results and newest interpretation.

  3. Surface elevation change artifact at the NEEM ice core drilling site, North Greenland.

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    Berg Larsen, Lars; Schøtt Hvidberg, Christine; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Lilja Buchardt, Susanne

    2014-05-01

    The NEEM deep drilling site (77.45°N 51.06°W) is located at the main ice divide in North Greenland. For the ice core drilling project, a number of buildings was erected and left on the snow surface during the five-year project period. The structures created snowdrifts that formed accordingly to the predominant wind direction on the lee side on the buildings and the overwintering cargo. To get access to the buildings, the snowdrifts and the accumulated snow were removed and the surface in the camp was leveled with heavy machinery each summer. In the camp a GPS reference pole was placed as a part of the NEEM strain net, 12 poles placed in three diamonds at distances of 2,5 km, 7,5 km and 25 km they were all measured with high precision GPS every year. Around the reference pole, a 1 km x 1 km grid with a spacing of 100 m was measured with differential GPS each year. In this work, we present results from the GPS surface topography measurements in and around the campsite. The mapping of the topography in and around the campsite shows how the snowdrifts evolve and are the reason for the lift of the camp site area. The accumulated snowdrifts are compared to the dominant wind directions from year to year. The annual snow accumulation at the NEEM site is 0.60 m. The reference pole in the camp indicates an additional snow accumulation of 0.50 m per year caused by collected drifting snow. The surface topography mapping shows that this artificially elevated surface extends up to several kilometers out in the terrain. This could have possible implications on other glaciological and geophysical measurements in the area i.e. pit and snow accumulation studies.

  4. Microfluidic experiments reveal that antifreeze proteins bound to ice crystals suffice to prevent their growth

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    Celik, Yeliz; Drori, Ran; Pertaya-Braun, Natalya; Altan, Aysun; Barton, Tyler; Bar-Dolev, Maya; Groisman, Alex; Davies, Peter L.; Braslavsky, Ido

    2013-01-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are a subset of ice-binding proteins that control ice crystal growth. They have potential for the cryopreservation of cells, tissues, and organs, as well as for production and storage of food and protection of crops from frost. However, the detailed mechanism of action of AFPs is still unclear. Specifically, there is controversy regarding reversibility of binding of AFPs to crystal surfaces. The experimentally observed dependence of activity of AFPs on their concentration in solution appears to indicate that the binding is reversible. Here, by a series of experiments in temperature-controlled microfluidic devices, where the medium surrounding ice crystals can be exchanged, we show that the binding of hyperactive Tenebrio molitor AFP to ice crystals is practically irreversible and that surface-bound AFPs are sufficient to inhibit ice crystal growth even in solutions depleted of AFPs. These findings rule out theories of AFP activity relying on the presence of unbound protein molecules. PMID:23300286

  5. Spatial Heterogeneity in Ice-bed Interactions Revealed by Variable Seismic Coupling and Basal Seismicity on the Whillans Ice Plain, West Antarctica

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    Barcheck, C. G.; Schwartz, S. Y.; Tulaczyk, S. M.; Walter, J. I.; Winberry, J. P.

    2014-12-01

    The Whillans Ice Plain (WIP) moves by stick-slip motion with periods of little to no motion followed by a brief rapid surge, or slip event. Previous work has found that sliding motion initiates in one of two regions of the WIP depending on tide height: in the middle of the ice plain during high tide (Site A), and near the grounding zone during low tide (Site B). The persistence of these two slip initiation areas suggests that these two locations have different basal conditions than the surrounding ice plain. In order to investigate spatial variability in bed properties, we combine 3 GPS and 4 passive seismic datasets collected on the WIP over 4 months between 2008-11 for a comprehensive analysis of ice dynamics and seismicity during the stick-slip cycle. Using continuous GPS (15 sec interval), we calculate seismic coupling, or the percent of total ice motion that occurs during slip events, at >40 locations. We find Site A is highly coupled (~80-90%) and surrounded by less coupled ice (55-75%). This suggests that Site A has a stronger bed and accumulates a greater shear stress between slip events than the surrounding ice, which responds to shear stress by creeping. Visual inspection of high frequency seismic data (>1Hz) in both the time and spectral domain reveals ~10s-100s of tiny earthquakes during slip events at 11 locations near Site A. Seismicity is scarce in the surrounding areas during slip, and at all seismic sites during the inter-slip periods. Site B has lower coupling (<55%) and few basal microearthquakes. This result confirms elevated basal stress near Site A and suggests that it occurs as isolated small regions of high friction. S-P times of the microearthquakes change over weeks, suggesting different rupture patches evolve over short timescales. The pattern of GPS-derived coupling shows mesoscale variability in bed strength (~10s of km) while microseismicity with varying S-P times indicates small-scale bed variability within the initiation area (~100s of m).

  6. Measurements of Bacterial Concentrations on a Millimeter Scale in Ice Cores With a Scanning Laser Fluorescence Spectrometer

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    Price, P.; Rohde, R. A.; Bramall, N. E.; Bay, R. C.

    2006-12-01

    We report non-destructive detection of variability on a mm depth scale in the organic content of ice cores at NICL, as determined by the fluorescence spectrum measured by a Targeted Ultraviolet Chemical Sensor (TUCS). Many of the spectra we obtained are consistent with the amino acid tryptophan, a strongly fluorescing constituent in microbes. Identification with native fluorescence of microbes is supported by previous measurements of varying microbial concentration in samples from selected regions of the GISP2 core (Tung et al., 2005; 2006) that are consistent with our observations at the same depths. Sub-mm depth resolution was achieved and structure at this scale was observed. At each depth the fluorescence emission spectrum was measured at 5 wavelengths using 20-nm narrow band filters plus a long pass channel. The spectrum of microbes was calibrated by making lab measurements of fluorescence of various species and is distinguishable from mineral dust and metals due to differences in spectral shape. In bulk ice samples from 3 depths in the GISP2 core, where a table of methane concentrations (Ed Brook, unpublished) had shown several excesses above the atmospheric contribution, Tung et al. (2005) found 10-fold excesses of microbial concentrations at 2954 m and 3036 m and a 3-fold excess at 3018 m. In the present work we found strong, rapidly varying organic signals at all three depths. At 3018 m the peak value was much stronger than that obtained by Brook and occurred in the core section below the one he studied. Since he measured methane at several-meter depth intervals, and since we found the microbial excesses to be concentrated in 0.3 m intervals, we conclude that of order 30 microbe-rich regions may be present in GISP2. The 3 microbe-rich depths found by Tung et al. (2005) were less than 90 m above the basal ice at 3041-3053 m. The large fluctuations in apparent tryptophan concentrations that we found at 2954, 3018, and 3036 m are consistent with microbe-rich wetland material from the base of GISP2 being repeatedly entrained into the ice. In the basal ice, which contains very high concentrations of both silt and microbes (Tung et al., 2006), the tryptophan signal seems to have been obscured by mineral grains. In many sections of ice cores we found very high spikes of tryptophan-like fluorescence in sub-mm depth regions. Our interpretation, which we will follow up in future work, is that the TUCS laser-excitation beam occasionally intersected veins at triple junctions in the ice, where organic material had been concentrated via rejection from the growing ice grains. Micron-size microbes in veins are known to metabolize at a very low rate via redox reactions on impurities (Price, 2000). An additional virtue of the TUCS technique is its ability to serve as a very sensitive probe of drill fluid contamination. We identified residual drill fluid on interior surfaces of a number of Vostok core sections, with the amount of contamination varying by orders of magnitude from sample to sample. In support of the WAIS Divide drilling project we also measured the rate of evaporation of drill fluid at -24 C after it was deliberately coated onto ice samples for our inspection at NICL. Though a valuable probe of drill fluid contamination, even low levels of drill fluid can prevent the TUCS from registering an accurate reading of native fluorescence. The success of this initial survey of ice cores indicates that UV fluorimetry can be a powerful new non-destructive tool with numerous applications to microbiology and climatology. This research was supported in part by NSF grant ANT-0440609.

  7. Close Resemblance Between Local Summer Insolation, O2/N2 and Total Air Content from the Dome Fuji Ice Core, Antarctica

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    Kawamura, K.; Nakazawa, T.; Aoki, S.; Fujii, Y.; Watanabe, O.; Severinghaus, J. P.

    2004-12-01

    O2/N2 ratio from ice cores has shown depleted values compared to the atmosphere due to selective exclusion of O2 during bubble formation at the base of firn. The long record from the Vostok ice core revealed that O2/N2 ratio records the local summer insolation. Insolation may affect physical properties of the firn near the surface, which later determines how much O2/N2 is fractionated the during bubble close-off process. We present here a supportive record of O2/N2 ratio for the last 340 kyr along the Dome Fuji ice core, Antarctica, which shows variations similar to the summer insolation at 77° S. Moreover, the variation of total air content (TAC) in the Dome Fuji core resembles that of O2/N2. High TAC and high O2/N2 ratio appear at times of low summer insolation. Since the TAC variation is too large to be explained by the elevation change at the Dome Fuji site in the past, a possible cause is variation of the so-called ``lock-in zone'' thickness on the orders of several meters. The lock-in zone is a region 0-10 m thick at the bottom of firn where horizontal impermeable layers prevent vertical gas mixing. At times of low insolation, the firn would retain inhomogeneities such as wind crusts and high-density layers. These small-scale inhomogeneities do not affect bulk density very much but may help trap the gases at a lower bulk density (and higher porosity and thus TAC) through formation of a thicker lock-in zone than in times of high insolation. High insolation would homogenize the firn structure through recrystallization. O2/N2 ratio would be less depleted if there is a lock-in zone within the total close-off zone, because O2 molecules once excluded from bubbles would eventually be re-trapped in the ice in the lock-in zone.

  8. Climcor: Paleoclimatic Coring: High Resolution and Innovations.Cnrs Gathers the Present Coring Equipment , and Coordinates the Different Efforts Provided By the Concerned Communities (ocean, ice and continent)

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    Calzas, M.; Rousseau, D. D.

    2014-12-01

    Global climate changes have been evidenced in various ways since the start of paleoclimatology in the 70s. The access to past atmosphere conditions in the air bubbles trapped in ice-cores gave an important impulse as it made the green-house gases concentrations accessible a prerequisite for climate modelers. Indeed since the publication of CO2 and CH4 variations over the last climate cycle in Vostok ice-cores, our knowledge of the past climate conditions has improved tremendously. However, improvements in technical equipment and approaches indicate that more is still to come inducing expected new findings in terms of mechanisms. The IMAGES program yielded very good quality and long marine cores that permitted to compare marine and ice-core records with high confidence. Moreover they permitted to improve the knowledge of past oceans dynamics, especially those linked to the massive discharges of icebergs in the oceans, impacting the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. On the continent, various environments are drilled and cored to provide also comparable and reliable records of past climate: lakes, peatbogs, speleothems and loess. These records are complementary yielding important dataset to feed the earth system models necessary for a better understanding of past climate dynamics. Technical limitation of the present equipments does not allow such important jump in the quality of the data, and therefore in the knowledge of i, past climate variations at extremely high resolution and ii, of the behavior of the different domains as studied in IPCC experiments while societal requirements are more and more expressed by policy makers. C2FN initiative at CNRS gathers the present coring equipments located in labs or at the technical division of INSU, and coordinates the different efforts provided by the concerned communities (ocean, ice and continent). Valorization of the results obtained are published in high ranked scientific journals and presented in scientific meetings. Moreover the technological improvements and developments in coring activities are likely to result in patent applications that the DT INSU realizes in the framework of its activities and duties. CLIMCOR project intends to provide the French scientific community, the top-level technological support.

  9. Synchronizing the North American Varve Chronology with Greenland ice core records during late MIS 2 using Meteoric 10Be Flux

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    DeJong, Benjamin D.; Balco, Greg; Ridge, Jack C.; Rood, Dylan H.; Bierman, Paul R.

    2013-04-01

    The North American Varve Chronology (NAVC) is a floating 5700-year sequence of glacial lake varves deposited in the Connecticut River Valley of the northeast US ~18,000-12,500 years ago. The NAVC is an annually resolved record of regional climate and ice-marginal processes at 40-45° N latitude, near the margin of the retreating Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS). NAVC deposition occurred at the same time as rapid and abrupt Arctic and North Atlantic climate changes that took place during the last deglaciation. Age calibration estimates for the NAVC based on radiocarbon dated plant macrofossils in individual varves imply a relationship between ice-marginal events recorded by the NAVC and climate events recorded in Greenland ice cores. For example, the retreat rate of the LIS up the Connecticut River Valley increased during the Bolling warming in Greenland, a readvance of the LIS margin took place during the Older Dryas cold period, and a correlation between an outburst flood from glacial Lake Iroquois and the Intra-Allerod Cold Period supports the hypothesis that the flood affected North Atlantic thermohaline circulation. On the other hand, a doubling of the ice-margin retreat rate recorded by the NAVC around 16,000 years ago coincides with a relatively cold period in Greenland. Our goal is to investigate the precise time relationship between these two records by synchronizing the NAVC with the Greenland ice core time scale using atmospherically-produced 10Be. Existing 10Be flux records, including those from Greenland ice cores, exhibit solar variability on a range of time scales. Because this variability is globally synchronous, a 10Be flux record for the NAVC can, in principle, be used to align NAVC and ice core timescales. In the first phase of this research we tested this potential by generating 10Be flux records for two 80-year varve sequences and analyzing them using multi-taper spectral analysis for determination of statistically significant periodicities. We were specifically looking to see if they record the 11-year Schwabe solar cycle, which is clearly expressed in 10Be flux records from Greenland ice cores. The results do not support the existence of a statistically significant 11-year periodicity, but the diagnostic El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO; ~4-6 yr) signaling was resolved with >99% confidence. We interpret these results to suggest that our measurements of 10Be flux are representative and that the multi-taper spectral analysis method is the appropriate tool for investigating harmonic signaling. The lack of the 11-year solar variability suggests that complex watershed processes influenced the retention and delivery of 10Be in the glaciated and freshly de-glaciated landscapes of the Connecticut River Valley so as to obscure the short-period 11-year variability. We use these results to guide sampling for a 1700-year record of 10Be flux record at decadal (15-year) resolution for comparison with Greenland ice core records at centennial timescales.

  10. Atmospheric synoptic conditions of snow precipitation in East Antarctica using ice core and reanalysis data

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    Scarchilli, Claudio; Ciardini, Virginia; Bonazza, Mattia; Frezzotti, Massimo; Stenni, Barbara

    2014-05-01

    In the framework of the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPCS) initiatives the GV7 site (70°41' S - 158°51' E) in East Antarctica was chosen as the new drilling site for the Italian contribution to the understanding of the climatic variability in the last 2000 years (IPICS 2k Array). Water stable isotopes and snow accumulation (SMB) values from a shallow firn core, obtained at GV7 during the 2001-2002 International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE) traverse, are analyzed and compared with different meteorological model output in order to characterize the atmospheric synoptic conditions driving precipitation events at the site. On annual basis, ECMWF +24h forecasted snowfalls (SF) seem to well reproduce GV7 SMB values trend for the period from 1980 to 2005. Calculated air mass back-trajectories show that Eastern Indian - Western Pacific oceans represent the main moisture path toward the site during autumn - winter season. Analysis of the ECMWF 500 hPa Geopotential height field (GP500) anomalies shows that atmospheric blocking events developing between 130° E and 150° W at high latitudes drive the GV7 SMB by blocking zonal flow and conveying warm and moist deep air masses from ocean into the continental interior. On inter-annual basis, The SF variability over GV7 region follows the temporal oscillation of the third CEOF mode (CEOF3 10% of the total explained variance) of a combined complex empirical orthogonal function (CEOF) performed over GP500 and SF field. The CEOF3 highlights an oscillating feature, with wavenumber 2, in GP500 field over the Western Pacific-Eastern Indian Oceans and propagating westward. The pattern is deeply correlated with the Indian Dipole Oscillation and ENSO and their associated quasi-stationary Rossby waves propagating from the lower toward the higher latitudes.

  11. Accurate age scale of the Dome Fuji ice core, Antarctica from O2/N2 ratio of trapped air

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    Kawamura, K.; Aoki, S.; Nakazawa, T.; Suzuki, K.; Parrenin, F.

    2012-04-01

    Chronology of the first Dome Fuji deep ice core (core length: 2,500 m, ice thickness: 3,035 m) for the age range from 80 kyr to 340 kyr ago was established by orbital tuning of measured O2/N2 ratios in trapped air to local summer insolation, with precision better than about 2,000 years (Kawamura et al., 2007). The O2/N2 ratios found in polar ice cores are slightly lower than the atmospheric ratio because of size-dependent molecular fractionation during bubble close-off. The magnitude of this gas fractionation is believed to be governed by the magnitude of snow metamorphism when the layer was originally at the surface, which in turn is controlled by local summer insolation (Fujita et al., 2009). A strong advantage of the O2/N2 chronology is that there is no need to assume a lag between climatic records in the ice core and orbital forcings, becacuse O2/N2 ratios record local insolation through physical processes. Accuracy of the chronology was validated by comparing the O2/N2 chronology with U-Th radiometric chronology of speleothem records (Cheng et al., 2009) for the ends of Terminations II, III and IV, as well as several large climatic events, for which both ice-core CH4 and speleothem ?18O (a proxy for precipitation) show abrupt shifts as seen in the last glacial period. All ages from O2/N2 and U-Th chronology agreed with each other within ~2,000 yr. The O2/N2 chronology permits comparisons between Antarctic climate, greenhouse gases, astronomically calculated orbital parameters, and radiometrically-dated sea level and monsoon records. Here, we completed the measurements of O2/N2 ratios of the second Dome Fuji ice core, which reached bedrock, for the range from 2,400 to 3,028 m (320 - 700 kyr ago) at approximately 2,000-year time resolution. We made significant improvements in ice core storage practices and mass spectrometry. In particular, the ice core samples were stored at about -50 ° C until the air extraction, except during short periods of transportation, in order to prevent size-dependent fractionation due to gas loss during storage. The precision of the new O2/N2 data set is improved by a factor of 3 over the previous data. Clear imprint of local insolation is recognizable in the O2/N2 data towards the deepest depths, even around 400 kyr ago when summer insolation wiggles are small due to small orbital eccentricity. A new chronology using this O2/N2 data set will be established by applying the inverse method for EDC3 age scale (Parrenin et al., 2007) for the entire 700 kyr, and climatic implications will also be discussed especially on Terminations and interglacial periods.

  12. Three centuries of Eastern European and Altai lead emissions recorded in a Belukha ice core.

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    Eichler, Anja; Tobler, Leonhard; Eyrikh, Stella; Gramlich, Gabriela; Malygina, Natalia; Papina, Tatyana; Schwikowski, Margit

    2012-04-17

    Human activities have significantly altered atmospheric Pb concentrations and thus, its geochemical cycle, for thousands of years. Whereas historical Pb emissions from Western Europe, North America, and Asia are well documented, there is no equivalent data for Eastern Europe. Here, we present ice-core Pb concentrations for the period 1680-1995 from Belukha glacier in the Siberian Altai, assumed to be representative of emissions in Eastern Europe and the Altai. Pb concentrations and (207)Pb/(206)Pb ratios were strongly enhanced during the period 1935-1995 due to the use of Pb additives in Russian gasoline mined in the Rudny Altai. Comparable to Western Europe and North America, Eastern European Pb emissions peaked in the 1970s. However, the subsequent downward trend in Eastern Europe was mainly caused by the economic crisis in the U.S.S.R. and not by a phase-out of leaded gasoline. Pb concentrations in the period 1680-1935, preceding the era of intensified industrialization in Russia, reflect the history of local emissions from Rudny Altai mining and related metallurgical processing primarily for the production of Russian coins. During this time, Altai ore Pb contributed about 40% of the regional atmospheric Pb. PMID:22420491

  13. Ice Core Oxygen-18 of Atmospheric O2 Confirms Tropical Hydrological Reorganization With Abrupt Climate Change

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    Severinghaus, J. P.

    2011-12-01

    Speleothem calcite 18O and other proxy records imply abrupt changes in tropical hydroclimate associated with Heinrich Stadials and Dansgaard-Oeschger events of the past glacial cycle. The spatial extent of these variations and their underlying cause has been somewhat uncertain, however. Atmospheric O2 contains an indirect signal of tropical hydroclimate in the 18O/16O ratio, due to the fact that photosynthesis uses chloroplast water as the substrate for oxygenesis and transfers its isotopic ratio directly to the evolved O2. Because the atmosphere is well-mixed on a time scale of 1 year, compared to the 1000-yr lifetime of O2 in the atmosphere, the signal in O2 integrates hydroclimate information over the planet's surface and provides a complement to records such as speleothems. Observed abrupt changes in O2 isotopes from trapped air in ice cores, with magnitudes of 0.15 per mil, confirm the regional significance of the abrupt changes seen in cave records.

  14. ICESat measurements reveal complex pattern of elevation changes on Siple Coast ice streams, Antarctica

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. Csatho; Y. Ahn; T. Yoon; C. J. van der Veen; S. Vogel; Gordon S. Hamilton; D. Morse; B. Smith; V. Blue Spikes

    2005-01-01

    We compare ICESat data (2003-2004) to airborne laser altimetry data (1997-98 and 1999-2000) to monitor surface changes over portions of Van der Veen (VdVIS), Whillans (WIS) and Kamb ice streams (KIS) in the Ross Embayment of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The spatial pattern of detected surface changes is generally consistent with earlier observations. However, important changes have occurred during

  15. Spores of many common airborne fungi reveal no ice nucleation activity in oil immersion freezing experiments

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    Pummer, B. G.; Atanasova, L.; Bauer, H.; Bernardi, J.; Druzhinina, I. S.; Fröhlich-Nowoisky, J.; Grothe, H.

    2013-12-01

    Fungal spores are ubiquitous biological aerosols, which are considered to act as ice nuclei. In this study the ice nucleation (IN) activity of spores harvested from 29 fungal strains belonging to 21 different species was tested in the immersion freezing mode by microscopic observation of water-in-oil emulsions. Spores of 8 of these strains were also investigated in a microdroplet freezing array instrument. The focus was laid on species of economical, ecological or sanitary significance. Besides common molds (Ascomycota), some representatives of the widespread group of mushrooms (Basidiomycota) were also investigated. Fusarium avenaceum was the only sample showing IN activity at relatively high temperatures (about 264 K), while the other investigated fungal spores showed no freezing above 248 K. Many of the samples indeed froze at homogeneous ice nucleation temperatures (about 237 K). In combination with other studies, this suggests that only a limited number of species may act as atmospheric ice nuclei. This would be analogous to what is already known for the bacterial ice nuclei. Apart from that, we selected a set of fungal strains from different sites and exposed them to occasional freezing stress during their cultivation. This was in order to test if the exposure to a cold environment encourages the expression of ice nuclei during growth as a way of adaptation. Although the total protein expression was altered by this treatment, it had no significant impact on the IN activity.

  16. The glacial inception as recorded in the NorthGRIP Greenland ice core: timing, structure and associated abrupt temperature changes

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    Amaelle Landais; Valérie Masson-Delmotte; Jean Jouzel; Dominique Raynaud; Sigfus Johnsen; Christof Huber; Markus Leuenberger; Jakob Schwander; Bénédicte Minster

    2006-01-01

    The mechanisms involved in the glacial inception are still poorly constrained due to a lack of high resolution and cross-dated\\u000a climate records at various locations. Using air isotopic measurements in the recently drilled NorthGRIP ice core, we show\\u000a that no evidence exists for stratigraphic disturbance of the climate record of the last glacial inception (?123–100 kyears\\u000a BP) encompassing Dansgaard–Oeschger events (DO)

  17. Testing the integrity of stable isotope records of two Spitsbergen ice cores by using high-resolution tritium data.

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    van der Wel, L. G.; Meijer, H. A. J.; Isaksson, E.; Helsen, M. M.; van de Wal, R. S. W.; Martma, T.; Pohjola, V. A.; Moore, J. C.

    2009-04-01

    The ratios of 1H16O2H and 1H18O1H in precipitation water vary with temperature and can therefore be used as a proxy for past climate. Ever since the 1960-s, retrieving these isotope signals has been the main motivation for the drilling of deep ice cores. Most of the ice core records originate from selected sites in Greenland and Antarctica. Other Arctic locations are much less used. However, since the late 1990-s ice cores have been drilled on the Lomonosovfonna and Holtedahlfonna ice caps in Spitsbergen. The advantages of drilling at these sites lies in the high accumulation rate present in Spitsbergen, as well as the very location of the Spitsbergen archipelago. However, due to relatively high temperatures in this region, the isotope record is affected by melt and subsequent percolation, thereby potentially losing its value for climatic studies. In an attempt to test the integrity of the Spitsbergen cores, we measured the concentration of the radioactive isotope of hydrogen (tritium) at high spatial (and thus temporal) resolution. Due to above-ground nuclear bomb tests in the 1950-s and 1960-s, the tritium signal in the atmosphere has been highly variable in that period, with distinct peaks. Moreover, due to the high load of tritium in the stratosphere at that time, spring and early summer mixing between stratosphere and troposphere induced a clear seasonal pattern in precipitation records for two decades. The tritium concentration in precipitation has been measured (monthly average) since the 1950-s. After precipitation the tritium record is altered due to decay, diffusion and melt. Incorporating information of these three processes into a numerical model, we produce a quantitative estimate how much the isotope record is influenced by melt and percolation. This gives us a tool to determine whether the stable isotope record is a valid proxy for past temperatures.

  18. A 2000 year atmospheric history of methyl chloride from a South Pole ice core: Evidence for climate-controlled variability

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    Margaret B. Williams; Murat Aydin; Cheryl Tatum; Eric S. Saltzman

    2007-01-01

    Methyl chloride (CH3Cl) is a naturally occurring ozone-depleting gas with a complex biogeochemical cycle involving tropical vegetation, soils, biomass burning and the oceans. This study presents CH3Cl measurements in air extracted from a 300 m ice core from South Pole, Antarctica, covering the time period from 160 BC to 1860 AD. The data exhibit an increasing trend of 3 ppt

  19. Integration of ice core, marine and terrestrial records (INTIMATE) from around the North Atlantic region:. an introduction

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    Walker, M. J. C.; Björck, S.; Lowe, J. J.

    2001-05-01

    This paper explains the background to the Integration of ice-core, marine and terrestrial records (INTIMATE) programme of the International Quaternary Union (INQUA) Palaeoclimate Commission. It reviews the aims and objectives of INTIMATE, summarises progress to date, and considers future research priorities and directions. It also provides a context for six research papers in this Special Issue of Quaternary Science Reviews that were presented at the INTIMATE symposium held at the INQUA Congress, Durban, South Africa in August, 1999.

  20. Major Subglacial Meltwater Channels Reveal Former Dynamic Ice Sheet in West Antarctica

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    Rose, Kathryn; Ross, Neil; Bingham, Robert; Corr, Hugh; Ferraccioli, Fausto; Jordan, Tom; LeBrocq, Anne; Rippin, David; Siegert, Martin

    2014-05-01

    The Eocene-Oligocene boundary (ca. 34 Ma) marks the onset of widespread, continental-scale glaciation in Antarctica, due to declining atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and the opening of the Drake Passage. The marine-based West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is considered highly susceptible to change, experiencing numerous oscillations since its formation. In order to assess how past changes to the WAIS are relevant for understanding its future behaviour, it is important to comprehend the glaciological processes involved in those changes. Central to this is an appreciation of climate and ice flow regimes, in particular the extent to which former ice sheets have experienced surface melting (as in Greenland today). Geomorphic analysis of subglacial topography has played a key role in reconstructing the nature of former ice masses in Antarctica, as landscape form can be linked to glacial process. While radio-echo sounding (RES) is the primary tool used to map boundary conditions beneath ice sheets, recent developments have demonstrated that satellite imagery of the ice surface can provide insights into subglacial topography, where RES is unavailable. Using this combination of datasets, we have identified a series of major, elongate subglacial features, which we interpret as preserved subglacial channels, developed through the action of water. They are incised into a subglacial plateau in the region between the Möller and Foundation ice streams (MIS and FIS, respectively), in West Antarctica. The channels are observed across an area of ~17,700 km2 and extend 200 km inland from the grounding line. They are located below sea level and track over present-day reverse slopes, indicating a subglacial (rather than pre-glacial) fluvial origin. In order to form, these channels require significant, probably periodic (seasonal), meltwater inputs to the base of the ice sheet. We suggest the channels are the result of meltwater inputs to the subglacial environment from the ice surface, in a setting analogous to present-day Greenland. This allows us to bracket the most recent date at which this may have occurred. The Pliocene (2.6-5.3 Ma) represents the most recent period in the geologic past when atmospheric temperatures for West Antarctica were high enough to generate surface melt comparable to that observed on the Greenland Ice Sheet today. These features provide evidence for temperate basal thermal conditions and thus, a former ice flow regime that differs markedly from the present-day polar ice sheet conditions of West Antarctica. We envisage bed channel formation occurred under temperate ice sheet conditions, when the subglacial plateau was overridden by a temperate ice mass. If this interpretation is correct, it means that ice was still present (at least periodically) in this location, during the warm conditions of the Pliocene. The discovery of these channels also highlights what little was known about this large region of West Antarctica, prior to the Institute-Möller geophysical survey.

  1. A new CF-IRMS system for quantifying stable isotopes of carbon monoxide from ice cores and small air samples

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    Wang, Z.; Mak, J. E.

    2010-10-01

    We present a new analysis technique for stable isotope ratios (?13C and ?18O) of atmospheric carbon monoxide (CO) from ice core samples. The technique is an online cryogenic vacuum extraction followed by continuous-flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry (CF-IRMS); it can also be used with small air samples. The CO extraction system includes two multi-loop cryogenic cleanup traps, a chemical oxidant for oxidation to CO2, a cryogenic collection trap, a cryofocusing unit, gas chromatography purification, and subsequent injection into a Finnigan Delta Plus IRMS. Analytical precision of 0.2‰ (±1?) for ?13C and 0.6‰ (±1?) for ?18O can be obtained for 100 mL (STP) air samples with CO mixing ratios ranging from 60 ppbv to 140 ppbv (~268-625 pmol CO). Six South Pole ice core samples from depths ranging from 133 m to 177 m were processed for CO isotope analysis after wet extraction. To our knowledge, this is the first measurement of stable isotopes of CO in ice core air.

  2. The agricultural history of human-nitrogen interactions as recorded in ice core ?15N-NO3-

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    Felix, J. David; Elliott, Emily M.

    2013-04-01

    The advent and industrialization of the Haber Bosch process in the early twentieth century ushered in a new era of reactive nitrogen distributions on Earth. Since the appearance of the first commercial scale Haber Bosch fertilizer plants, fertilizer application rates have greatly increased in the U.S. While the contributions of fertilizer runoff to eutrophication and anoxic dead zones in coastal regions have been well-documented, the potential influences of increased fertilizer applications on air quality and precipitation chemistry are poorly constrained. Here we combine a 255-year record of precipitation nitrate isotopes preserved in a Greenland ice core, historical reconstructions of fertilizer application rates, and field characterization of the isotopic composition of nitrogen oxides produced biogenically in soils, to provide new constraints on the contributions of biogenic emissions to North American NOx inventories. Our results indicate that increases in twentieth century commercial fertilizer use led to large increases in soil NO, a byproduct released during nitrification and denitrification reactions. These large shifts in soil NO production are evidenced by sharp declines in ice core ?15N-NO3- values. Further, these results suggest that biogenic NOx emissions are underestimated by two to four fold in the U.S. NOx emission inventories used to construct global reactive nitrogen budgets. These results demonstrate that nitrate isotopes in ice cores, coupled with newly constrained ?15N-NOx values for NOx emission sources, provide a novel means for estimating contemporary and historic contributions from individual NOx emission sources to deposition.

  3. Northeast Siberian ice wedges reveal Arctic long-term winter warming over the past two millennia

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    Opel, Thomas; Meyer, Hanno; Laepple, Thomas; Wetterich, Sebastian; Werner, Martin; Dereviagin, Alexander; Schirrmeister, Lutz

    2015-04-01

    The Arctic currently experiences a pronounced and unprecedented warming. This highly dynamic response on changes in climate forcing and the global impact of the Arctic water, carbon and energy balance make the Arctic a key region to study past and future climate changes on different spatial, temporal and seasonal scales. Recent proxy-based Arctic and Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstructions show a long-term cooling trend over the past millennia that has been reversed by the ongoing Arctic warming. This cooling is mainly related to the decrease in summer insolation. Climate models on the other hand show no significant change or even a slight warming. This model-proxy mismatch might be caused by a summer bias of most records. Hence, there is strong need for past winter climate information. Moreover, the Russian Arctic is largely underrepresented in recent Arctic-wide proxy compilations. Ice wedges may help to fill these seasonal and spatial gaps. Polygonal ice wedges are a widespread permafrost feature in the Arctic coastal lowlands. They are formed by the periodic repetition of wintertime frost cracking and subsequent crack filling in spring mostly by melt water of winter snow. Hence, the isotopic composition of wedge ice is indicative of past climate conditions during this extended winter season. ?18O of ice is interpreted as proxy for local air temperatures. Radiocarbon dating of organic remains in ice-wedge samples enables one to generate chronologies for single ice wedges as well as stacked records with an up to centennial resolution. Here we present ice-wedge records from the Oyogos Yar coast in the Northeast Siberian Arctic (72.7°N, 143.5°E) that cover the past two millennia. We discuss the chronological approaches as well as the paleoclimatic findings. The co-isotopic relationship of wedge ice is close to the Global Meteoric Water Line pointing to no significant isotopic changes during ice-wedge formation and, therefore, to a good suitability for paleoclimate studies. Our ice wedge data show a clear long-term warming trend over the past two millennia detectable in single ice wedge profiles as well as in a stacked record. This trend culminates in an unprecedented rise over the last decades reflecting the ongoing Arctic warming and reaching the absolutely highest ?18O values found in Late Quaternary ice wedges in the study region. These findings are related to the increases in winter insolation as well as in greenhouse gas forcing over the past two millennia. However, this temperature pattern is in contradiction to most other Arctic temperature records that, in turn, are likely summer-biased. This underlines the seasonally different orbital forcing trends. Our ice-wedge record adds therefore unique and substantial climate information for understanding the seasonal patterns of Late Holocene paleoclimate. It supports recent findings from Holocene ice wedges in the Lena River Delta and might help bridging the gap between proxy records and climate models in the Arctic.

  4. Long-term variability in the global carbon cycle inferred from a high-precision CO2 and delta13C ice-core record

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    C. M. Trudinger; I. G. Enting; R. J. Francey; D. M. Etheridge; P. J. Rayner

    1999-01-01

    The new high precision Law Dome ice core record of CO2 and delta13CO2 is used with a 1-D global carbon cycle model to investigate natural variability in the carbon cycle and the anthropogenic CO2 perturbation, focusing on variations on time-scales of centuries. A major feature of the ice core record is the decrease in CO2, and increase in delta13C, through

  5. Innovative optical spectrometers for ice core sciences and atmospheric monitoring at polar regions

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    Grilli, Roberto; Alemany, Olivier; Chappellaz, Jérôme; Desbois, Thibault; Faïn, Xavier; Kassi, Samir; Kerstel, Erik; Legrand, Michel; Marrocco, Nicola; Méjean, Guillaume; Preunkert, Suzanne; Romanini, Daniele; Triest, Jack; Ventrillard, Irene

    2015-04-01

    In this talk recent developments accomplished from a collaboration between the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique (LIPhy) and the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (LGGE) both in Grenoble (France), are discussed, covering atmospheric chemistry of high reactive species in polar regions and employing optical spectrometers for both in situ and laboratory measurements of glacial archives. In the framework of an ANR project, a transportable spectrometer based on the injection of a broadband frequency comb laser into a high-finesse optical cavity for the detection of IO, BrO, NO2 and H2CO has been realized.[1] The robust spectrometer provides shot-noise limited measurements for as long as 10 minutes, reaching detection limits of 0.04, 2, 10 and 200 ppt (2?) for the four species, respectively. During the austral summer of 2011/12 the instrument has been used for monitoring, for the first time, NO2, IO and BrO at Dumont d'Urville Station at East of Antarctica. The measurements highlighted a different chemistry between East and West coast, with the halogen chemistry being promoted to the West and the OH and NOx chemistry on the East.[2] In the framework of a SUBGLACIOR project, an innovative drilling probe has been realized. The instrument is capable of retrieving in situ real-time vertical profiles of CH4 and ?D of H2O trapped inside the ice sheet down to more than 3 km of depth within a single Antarctic season. The drilling probe containing an embedded OFCEAS (optical-feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy) spectrometer will be extremely useful for (i) identify potential sites for investigating the oldest ice (aiming 1.5 Myrs BP records for resolving a major climate reorganization called the Mid-Pleistocene transition occurred around 1 Myrs ago) and (ii) providing direct access to past temperatures and climate cycles thanks to the vertical distribution of two key climatic signatures.[3] The spectrometer provides detection limit of 0.2 ppbv for CH4 and a precision of 0.2o on the ?D of H2O within ~1 min of integration time. The spectrometer and the home-made gas sampling has been tested during an oceanographic campaign last summer in the Mediterranean Sea, measuring the vertical distribution of CH4 dissolved in seawater. The project is now moving forward its final goal which consists of employing the probe for a first test season at Concordia station during the Austral summer of 2016/17, and then for the 'oldest ice challenge' drilling season scheduled in the Austral summer of 2017/18. Finally, preliminary results on the isotope ratio measurements of CO18O,13CO2 and 13CO18O will be presented. A novel spectrometer, based on OFCAES technique employing a Quantum Cascade Laser around 4.4 ?m wavelength, offers a precision below 0.05 o for the three isotopic anomalies, for 200 ppmv of CO2 samples. The optical device will be employed for laboratory experiments coupling it with a continuous ice-crushing extraction system for analyzing trapped bubbles of gas in Antarctica ice cores. [1] R. Grilli, G. Méjean, S. Kassi, I. Ventrillard, C. Abd-Alrahman, and D. Romanini, 'Frequency Comb Based Spectrometer for in Situ and Real Time Measurements of IO, BrO, NO2, and H2CO at pptv and ppqv Levels.,' Environ. Sci. Technol., vol. 46, no. 19, pp. 10704-10, Oct. 2012. [2] R. Grilli, M. Legrand, A. Kukui, G. Méjean, S. Preunkert, and D. Romanini, 'First investigations of IO, BrO, and NO2 summer atmospheric levels at a coastal East Antarctic site using mode-locked cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy,' Geophys. Res. Lett., vol. 40, pp. 1-6, Feb. 2013. [3] R. Grilli, N. Marrocco, T. Desbois, C. Guillerm, J. Triest, E. Kerstel, and D. Romanini, 'Invited Article: SUBGLACIOR: An optical analyzer embedded in an Antarctic ice probe for exploring the past climate,' Rev. Sci. Instrum., vol. 85, no. 111301, pp. 1-7, 2014.

  6. Molecular Probe Dynamics Reveals Suppression of Ice-Like Regions in Strongly Confined Supercooled Water

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    Banerjee, Debamalya; Bhat, Shrivalli N.; Bhat, Subray V.; Leporini, Dino

    2012-01-01

    The structure of the hydrogen bond network is a key element for understanding water's thermodynamic and kinetic anomalies. While ambient water is strongly believed to be a uniform, continuous hydrogen-bonded liquid, there is growing consensus that supercooled water is better described in terms of distinct domains with either a low-density ice-like structure or a high-density disordered one. We evidenced two distinct rotational mobilities of probe molecules in interstitial supercooled water of polycrystalline ice [Banerjee D, et al. (2009) ESR evidence for 2 coexisting liquid phases in deeply supercooled bulk water. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106: 11448–11453]. Here we show that, by increasing the confinement of interstitial water, the mobility of probe molecules, surprisingly, increases. We argue that loose confinement allows the presence of ice-like regions in supercooled water, whereas a tighter confinement yields the suppression of this ordered fraction and leads to higher fluidity. Compelling evidence of the presence of ice-like regions is provided by the probe orientational entropy barrier which is set, through hydrogen bonding, by the configuration of the surrounding water molecules and yields a direct measure of the configurational entropy of the same. We find that, under loose confinement of supercooled water, the entropy barrier surmounted by the slower probe fraction exceeds that of equilibrium water by the melting entropy of ice, whereas no increase of the barrier is observed under stronger confinement. The lower limit of metastability of supercooled water is discussed. PMID:23049747

  7. Paleo-Climate and Glaciological Reconstruction in Central Asia through the Collection and Analysis of Ice Cores and Instrumental Data from the Tien Shan

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    Vladimir Aizen; Donald Bren; Karl Kreutz; Cameron Wake

    2001-05-30

    While the majority of ice core investigations have been undertaken in the polar regions, a few ice cores recovered from carefully selected high altitude/mid-to-low latitude glaciers have also provided valuable records of climate variability in these regions. A regional array of high resolution, multi-parameter ice core records developed from temperate and tropical regions of the globe can be used to document regional climate and environmental change in the latitudes which are home to the vase majority of the Earth's human population. In addition, these records can be directly compared with ice core records available from the polar regions and can therefore expand our understanding of inter-hemispheric dynamics of past climate changes. The main objectives of our paleoclimate research in the Tien Shan mountains of middle Asia combine the development of detailed paleoenvironmental records via the physical and chemical analysis of ice cores with the analysis of modern meteorological and hydrological data. The first step in this research was the collection of ice cores from the accumulation zone of the Inylchek Glacier and the collection of meteorological data from a variety of stations throughout the Tien Shan. The research effort described in this report was part of a collaborative effort with the United State Geological Survey's (USGS) Global Environmental Research Program which began studying radionuclide deposition in mid-latitude glaciers in 1995.

  8. EPICA Dome C ice core fire record demonstrates a major biomass burning increase over the past 500 years

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    Kehrwald, Natalie; Power, Mitchell; Zennaro, Piero; McWethy, David; Whitlock, Cathy; Zangrando, Roberta; Gambaro, Andrea; Barbante, Carlo

    2013-04-01

    Natural factors and human activity influence fire variability including changes in temperature and precipitation, increasing greenhouse gas concentrations, altering ignitions, vegetation cover and fuel availability. Ice cores archive chemical signatures of both past climate and fire activity, and understanding this interaction is increasingly important in a warming climate. The specific molecular marker levoglucosan (1,6-anhydro-ß-D-glucopyranose) can only be produced by burning woody tissue at temperatures greater than 300°C. Levoglucosan is present in the fine fraction of smoke plumes, is transported distances of thousands of kilometers, is deposited on glacier surfaces, and is detectable in both polar and mountain ice cores providing an unambiguous fire history. Here, we present a high-resolution 10,000-year levoglucosan record in the EPICA Dome C (75°06'S, 123°21'E, 3233 masl) ice core and implications for determining natural and human-caused fire variability. A recent provocative hypothesis by Ruddiman suggests that humans may have had a significant impact on the Earth's climate thousands of years ago through carbon and methane emissions originating from biomass burning associated with early agriculture. This hypothesis is centered on the observation that atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane levels recorded in ice cores increased irrespective of insolation changes beginning 7,000 to 5,000 years before present. The EDC levoglucosan record does not demonstrate augmented fire activity at 5000 and/or 7000 years ago in the Southern Hemisphere. We are currently determining Holocene levoglucosan concentrations in the NEEM, Greenland (77°27' N; 51°3'W, 2454 masl) ice core to provide a Northern Hemisphere comparison at 5000 and/or 7000 years ago. The highest EDC Holocene fire activity occurs during the past 500 years. Mean levoglucosan concentrations between 500 to 10,000 BP are approximately 50 ppt, but rise to 300 ppt at present. This substantial increase is not present in NEEM. Unlike methane and its isotopic signatures, levoglucosan is not a globally mixed marker, and these hemispheric differences are consistent with the atmospheric lifetime, sources, and transport of levoglucosan. This considerable increase in fire activity over the past 500 years is also present in Southern Hemisphere compilations of charcoal records. The EDC levoglucosan profile is most similar to regional charcoal compilations from New Zealand and southeastern Australia. Transport models demonstrate the possibility of New Zealand and Australia as major levoglucosan sources to EDC. This contemporary biomass burning increase is likely due to human activity as opposed to the Holocene background levels between 500 to 10,000 BP.

  9. Ocean interactions with the base of Amery Ice Shelf, Antarctica

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    Hellmer, Hartmut H.; Jacobs, Stanley S.

    1992-01-01

    Using a two-dimensional ocean themohaline circulation model, we varied the cavity shape beneath Amery Ice Shelf in an attempt to reproduce the 150-m-thick marine ice layer observed at the 'G1' ice core site. Most simulations caused melting rates which decrease the ice thickness by as much as 400 m between grounding line and G1, but produce only minor accumulation at the ice core site and closer to the ice front. Changes in the sea floor and ice topographies revealed a high sensitivity of the basal mass balance to water column thickness near the grounding line, to submarine sills, and to discontinuities in ice thickness. Model results showed temperature/salinity gradients similar to observations from beneath other ice shelves where ice is melting into seawater. Modeled outflow characteristics at the ice front are in general agreement with oceanographic data from Prydz Bay. We concur with Morgan's inference that the G1 core may have been taken in a basal crevasse filled with marine ice. This ice is formed from water cooled by ocean/ice shelf interactions along the interior ice shelf base.

  10. A method for estimating the age-depth relationship of Dome Fuji Ice Core using a sequential Monte Carlo method

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    Nakano, Shinya; Suzuki, Kazue; Kawamura, Kenji; Parrenin, Frederic; Higuchi, Tomoyuki

    2015-04-01

    A technique for estimating the age-depth relationship and its uncertainty in ice cores has been developed. The age-depth relationship is mainly determined by the accumulation of snow at the site of the ice core and the thinning process due to the horizontal stretching and vertical compression of an ice layer. However, both the accumulation process and the thinning process are not fully known. In order to appropriately estimate the age as a function of depth, it is crucial to incorporate observational information into a model describing the accumulation and thinning processes. In the proposed technique, the age as a function of depth is estimated from age markers and time series of ?18O data. The estimation is achieved using a method combining a sequential Monte Carlo method and the Markov chain Monte Carlo method as proposed by Andrieu et al. (2010). In this hybrid method, the posterior distributions for the parameters in the models for the accumulation and thinning processes are basically computed using a way of the standard Metropolis-Hastings method. Meanwhile, sampling from the posterior distribution for the age-depth relationship is achieved by using a sequential Monte Carlo approach at each iteration of the Metropolis-Hastings method. A sequential Monte Carlo method normally suffers from the degeneracy problem, especially in cases that the number of steps is large. However, when it is combined with the Metropolis-Hastings method, the degeneracy problem can be overcome by collecting a large number of samples obtained by many iterations of the Metropolis-Hastings method. We will demonstrate the result obtained by applying the proposed technique to the ice core data from Dome Fuji in Antarctica.

  11. Searches for Dark Matter with IceCube and DeepCore : New constraints on theories predicting dark matter particles

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    Danninger, Matthias

    The cubic-kilometer sized IceCube neutrino observatory, constructed in the glacial ice at the South Pole, searches indirectly for dark matter via neutrinos from dark matter self-annihilations. It has a high discovery potential through striking signatures. This thesis presents searches for dark matter annihilations in the center of the Sun using experimental data collected with IceCube. The main physics analysis described here was performed for dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) with the 79-string configuration of the IceCube neutrino telescope. For the first time, the DeepCore sub-array was included in the analysis, lowering the energy threshold and extending the search to the austral summer. Data from 317 days live-time are consistent with the expected background from atmospheric muons and neutrinos. Upper limits were set on the dark matter annihilation rate, with conversions to limits on the WIMP-proton scattering cross section, which initiates the WIMP capture process in the Sun.These are the most stringent spin-dependent WIMP-proton cross-sections limits to date above 35 GeV for most WIMP models. In addition, a formalism for quickly and directly comparing event-level IceCube data with arbitrary annihilation spectra in detailed model scans, considering not only total event counts but also event directions and energy estimators, is presented. Two analyses were made that show an application of this formalism to both model exclusion and parameter estimation in models of supersymmetry. An analysis was also conducted that extended for the first time indirect dark matter searches with neutrinos using IceCube data, to an alternative dark matter candidate, Kaluza-Klein particles, arising from theories with extra space-time dimensions. The methods developed for the solar dark matter search were applied to look for neutrino emission during a flare of the Crab Nebula in 2010.

  12. Revealing H2D+ Depletion and Compact Structure in Starless and Protostellar Cores with ALMA

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    Friesen, R. K.; Di Francesco, J.; Bourke, T. L.; Caselli, P.; Jørgensen, J. K.; Pineda, J. E.; Wong, M.

    2014-12-01

    We present Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations of the submillimeter dust continuum and H2D+ 110-111 emission toward two evolved, potentially protostellar cores within the Ophiuchus molecular cloud, Oph A SM1 and SM1N. The data reveal small-scale condensations within both cores, with mass upper limits of M <~ 0.02 M ? (~20 M Jup). The SM1 condensation is consistent with a nearly symmetric Gaussian source with a width of only 37 AU. The SM1N condensation is elongated and extends 500 AU along its major axis. No evidence for substructure is seen in either source. A Jeans analysis indicates that these sources are unlikely to fragment, suggesting that both will form single stars. H2D+ is only detected toward SM1N, offset from the continuum peak by ~150-200 AU. This offset may be due to either heating from an undetected, young, low-luminosity protostellar source or first hydrostatic core, or HD (and consequently H2D+) depletion in the cold center of the condensation. We propose that SM1 is protostellar and that the condensation detected by ALMA is a warm (T ~ 30-50 K) accretion disk. The less concentrated emission of the SM1N condensation suggests that it is still starless, but we cannot rule out the presence of a low-luminosity source, perhaps surrounded by a pseudodisk. These data observationally reveal the earliest stages of the formation of circumstellar accretion regions and agree with theoretical predictions that disk formation can occur very early in the star formation process, coeval with or just after the formation of a first hydrostatic core or protostar.

  13. Bedform signature of a West Antarctic palaeo-ice stream reveals a multi-temporal record of flow and substrate control

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    Graham, Alastair G. C.; Larter, Robert D.; Gohl, Karsten; Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter; Smith, James A.; Kuhn, Gerhard

    2009-12-01

    The presence of a complex bedform arrangement on the sea floor of the continental shelf in the western Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, indicates a multi-temporal record of flow related to the activity of one or more ice streams in the past. Mapping and division of the bedforms into distinct landform assemblages reveals their time-transgressive history, which implies that bedforms can neither be considered part of a single downflow continuum nor a direct proxy for palaeo-ice velocity, as suggested previously. A main control on the bedform imprint is the geology of the shelf, which is divided broadly between rough bedrock on the inner shelf, and smooth, dipping sedimentary strata on the middle to outer shelf. Inner shelf bedform variability is well preserved, revealing information about local, complex basal ice conditions, meltwater flow, and ice dynamics over time. These details, which are not apparent at the scale of regional morphological studies, indicate that past ice streams flowed across the entire shelf at times, and often had onset zones that lay within the interior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet today. In contrast, highly elongated subglacial bedforms on sedimentary strata of the middle to outer shelf represent a timeslice snapshot of the last activity of ice stream flow, and may be a truer representation of fast palaeo-ice flow in these locations. A revised model for ice streams on the shelf captures complicated multi-temporal bedform patterns associated with an Antarctic palaeo-ice stream for the first time, and confirms a strong substrate control on a major ice stream system that drained the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Late Quaternary.

  14. Net accumulation rates derived from ice core stable isotope records of Pío XI glacier, Southern Patagonia Icefield

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    Schwikowski, M.; Schläppi, M.; Santibañez, P.; Rivera, A.; Casassa, G.

    2012-12-01

    Pío XI, the largest glacier of the Southern Patagonia Icefield, reached its neoglacial maximum extent in 1994 and is one of the few glaciers in that area which is not retreating. In view of the recent warming it is important to understand glacier responses to climate changes. Due to its remoteness and the harsh conditions in Patagonia, no systematic mass balance studies have been performed. In this study we derived net accumulation rates for the period 2000 to 2006 from a 50 m (33.2 4 m weq) ice core collected in the accumulation area of Pío XI (2600 m a.s.l., 49°16´40´´ S, 73°21´14´´ W). Borehole temperatures indicate near temperate ice, but the average melt percent is only 16% ± 14%. Records of stable isotopes are well preserved and were used for identification of annual layers. Net accumulation rates range from 3.4 to 7.1 water equivalent (m weq) with an average of 5.8 m weq, comparable to precipitation amounts at the Chilean coast, but not as high as expected for the Icefield. Ice core stable isotope data correlate well with upper air temperatures and may be used as temperature proxy.

  15. Determining neutrino oscillation parameters from atmospheric muon neutrino disappearance with three years of IceCube DeepCore data

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    Aartsen, M. G.; Ackermann, M.; Adams, J.; Aguilar, J. A.; Ahlers, M.; Ahrens, M.; Altmann, D.; Anderson, T.; Arguelles, C.; Arlen, T. C.; Auffenberg, J.; Bai, X.; Barwick, S. W.; Baum, V.; Bay, R.; Beatty, J. J.; Becker Tjus, J.; Becker, K.-H.; BenZvi, S.; Berghaus, P.; Berley, D.; Bernardini, E.; Bernhard, A.; Besson, D. Z.; Binder, G.; Bindig, D.; Bissok, M.; Blaufuss, E.; Blumenthal, J.; Boersma, D. J.; Bohm, C.; Bos, F.; Bose, D.; Böser, S.; Botner, O.; Brayeur, L.; Bretz, H.-P.; Brown, A. M.; Brunner, J.; Buzinsky, N.; Casey, J.; Casier, M.; Cheung, E.; Chirkin, D.; Christov, A.; Christy, B.; Clark, K.; Classen, L.; Clevermann, F.; Coenders, S.; Cowen, D. F.; Cruz Silva, A. H.; Daughhetee, J.; Davis, J. C.; Day, M.; de André, J. P. A. M.; De Clercq, C.; De Ridder, S.; Desiati, P.; de Vries, K. D.; de With, M.; DeYoung, T.; Díaz-Vélez, J. C.; Dunkman, M.; Eagan, R.; Eberhardt, B.; Eichmann, B.; Eisch, J.; Euler, S.; Evenson, P. A.; Fadiran, O.; Fazely, A. R.; Fedynitch, A.; Feintzeig, J.; Felde, J.; Feusels, T.; Filimonov, K.; Finley, C.; Fischer-Wasels, T.; Flis, S.; Franckowiak, A.; Frantzen, K.; Fuchs, T.; Gaisser, T. K.; Gaior, R.; Gallagher, J.; Gerhardt, L.; Gier, D.; Gladstone, L.; Glüsenkamp, T.; Goldschmidt, A.; Golup, G.; Gonzalez, J. G.; Goodman, J. A.; Góra, D.; Grant, D.; Gretskov, P.; Groh, J. C.; Groß, A.; Ha, C.; Haack, C.; Haj Ismail, A.; Hallen, P.; Hallgren, A.; Halzen, F.; Hanson, K.; Hebecker, D.; Heereman, D.; Heinen, D.; Helbing, K.; Hellauer, R.; Hellwig, D.; Hickford, S.; Hill, G. C.; Hoffman, K. D.; Hoffmann, R.; Homeier, A.; Hoshina, K.; Huang, F.; Huelsnitz, W.; Hulth, P. O.; Hultqvist, K.; Hussain, S.; Ishihara, A.; Jacobi, E.; Jacobsen, J.; Jagielski, K.; Japaridze, G. S.; Jero, K.; Jlelati, O.; Jurkovic, M.; Kaminsky, B.; Kappes, A.; Karg, T.; Karle, A.; Kauer, M.; Keivani, A.; Kelley, J. L.; Kheirandish, A.; Kiryluk, J.; Kläs, J.; Klein, S. R.; Köhne, J.-H.; Kohnen, G.; Kolanoski, H.; Koob, A.; Köpke, L.; Kopper, C.; Kopper, S.; Koskinen, D. J.; Kowalski, M.; Kriesten, A.; Krings, K.; Kroll, G.; Kroll, M.; Kunnen, J.; Kurahashi, N.; Kuwabara, T.; Labare, M.; Lanfranchi, J. L.; Larsen, D. T.; Larson, M. J.; Lesiak-Bzdak, M.; Leuermann, M.; Lünemann, J.; Madsen, J.; Maggi, G.; Maruyama, R.; Mase, K.; Matis, H. S.; Maunu, R.; McNally, F.; Meagher, K.; Medici, M.; Meli, A.; Meures, T.; Miarecki, S.; Middell, E.; Middlemas, E.; Milke, N.; Miller, J.; Mohrmann, L.; Montaruli, T.; Morse, R.; Nahnhauer, R.; Naumann, U.; Niederhausen, H.; Nowicki, S. C.; Nygren, D. R.; Obertacke, A.; Odrowski, S.; Olivas, A.; Omairat, A.; O'Murchadha, A.; Palczewski, T.; Paul, L.; Penek, Ö.; Pepper, J. A.; Pérez de los Heros, C.; Pfendner, C.; Pieloth, D.; Pinat, E.; Posselt, J.; Price, P. B.; Przybylski, G. T.; Pütz, J.; Quinnan, M.; Rädel, L.; Rameez, M.; Rawlins, K.; Redl, P.; Rees, I.; Reimann, R.; Relich, M.; Resconi, E.; Rhode, W.; Richman, M.; Riedel, B.; Robertson, S.; Rodrigues, J. P.; Rongen, M.; Rott, C.; Ruhe, T.; Ruzybayev, B.; Ryckbosch, D.; Saba, S. M.; Sander, H.-G.; Sandroos, J.; Santander, M.; Sarkar, S.; Schatto, K.; Scheriau, F.; Schmidt, T.; Schmitz, M.; Schoenen, S.; Schöneberg, S.; Schönwald, A.; Schukraft, A.; Schulte, L.; Schulz, O.; Seckel, D.; Sestayo, Y.; Seunarine, S.; Shanidze, R.; Smith, M. W. E.; Soldin, D.; Spiczak, G. M.; Spiering, C.; Stamatikos, M.; Stanev, T.; Stanisha, N. A.; Stasik, A.; Stezelberger, T.; Stokstad, R. G.; Stößl, A.; Strahler, E. A.; Ström, R.; Strotjohann, N. L.; Sullivan, G. W.; Taavola, H.; Taboada, I.; Tamburro, A.; Tepe, A.; Ter-Antonyan, S.; Terliuk, A.; Teši?, G.; Tilav, S.; Toale, P. A.; Tobin, M. N.; Tosi, D.; Tselengidou, M.; Unger, E.; Usner, M.; Vallecorsa, S.; van Eijndhoven, N.; Vandenbroucke, J.; van Santen, J.; Vehring, M.; Voge, M.; Vraeghe, M.; Walck, C.; Wallraff, M.; Weaver, Ch.; Wellons, M.; Wendt, C.; Westerhoff, S.; Whelan, B. J.; Whitehorn, N.; Wichary, C.; Wiebe, K.; Wiebusch, C. H.; Williams, D. R.; Wissing, H.; Wolf, M.; Wood, T. R.; Woschnagg, K.; Xu, D. L.; Xu, X. W.; Yanez, J. P.; Yodh, G.; Yoshida, S.; Zarzhitsky, P.; Ziemann, J.; Zierke, S.; Zoll, M.; IceCube Collaboration

    2015-04-01

    We present a measurement of neutrino oscillations via atmospheric muon neutrino disappearance with three years of data of the completed IceCube neutrino detector. DeepCore, a region of denser IceCube instrumentation, enables the detection and reconstruction of atmospheric muon neutrinos between 10 and 100 GeV, where a strong disappearance signal is expected. The IceCube detector volume surrounding DeepCore is used as a veto region to suppress the atmospheric muon background. Neutrino events are selected where the detected Cherenkov photons of the secondary particles minimally scatter, and the neutrino energy and arrival direction are reconstructed. Both variables are used to obtain the neutrino oscillation parameters from the data, with the best fit given by ? m322=2.72-0.20+0.19×10-3 eV2 and sin2?23=0.53-0.12+0.09 (normal mass ordering assumed). The results are compatible, and comparable in precision, to those of dedicated oscillation experiments.

  16. Systematic network lesioning reveals the core white matter scaffold of the human brain

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    Irimia, Andrei; Van Horn, John D.

    2013-01-01

    Brain connectivity loss due to traumatic brain injury, stroke or multiple sclerosis can have serious consequences on life quality and a measurable impact upon neural and cognitive function. Though brain network properties are known to be affected disproportionately by injuries to certain gray matter regions, the manner in which white matter (WM) insults affect such properties remains poorly understood. Here, network-theoretic analysis allows us to identify the existence of a macroscopic neural connectivity core in the adult human brain which is particularly sensitive to network lesioning. The systematic lesion analysis of brain connectivity matrices from diffusion neuroimaging over a large sample (N = 110) reveals that the global vulnerability of brain networks can be predicated upon the extent to which injuries disrupt this connectivity core, which is found to be quite distinct from the set of connections between rich club nodes in the brain. Thus, in addition to connectivity within the rich club, the brain as a network also contains a distinct core scaffold of network edges consisting of WM connections whose damage dramatically lowers the integrative properties of brain networks. This pattern of core WM fasciculi whose injury results in major alterations to overall network integrity presents new avenues for clinical outcome prediction following brain injury by relating lesion locations to connectivity core disruption and implications for recovery. The findings of this study contribute substantially to current understanding of the human WM connectome, its sensitivity to injury, and clarify a long-standing debate regarding the relative prominence of gray vs. WM regions in the context of brain structure and connectomic architecture. PMID:24574993

  17. A new bipolar ice core record of volcanism from WAIS Divide and NEEM and implications for climate forcing of the last 2000 years

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    Sigl, Michael; McConnell, Joseph R.; Layman, Lawrence; Maselli, Olivia; McGwire, Ken; Pasteris, Daniel; Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Steffensen, JøRgen Peder; Vinther, Bo; Edwards, Ross; Mulvaney, Robert; Kipfstuhl, Sepp

    2013-02-01

    Volcanism is a natural climate forcing causing short-term variations in temperatures. Histories of volcanic eruptions are needed to quantify their role in climate variability and assess human impacts. We present two new seasonally resolved, annually dated non-sea-salt sulfur records from polar ice cores—WAIS Divide (WDC06A) from West Antarctica spanning 408 B.C.E. to 2003 C.E. and NEEM (NEEM-2011-S1) from Greenland spanning 78 to 1997 C.E.—both analyzed using high-resolution continuous flow analysis coupled to two mass spectrometers. The high dating accuracy allowed placing the large bi-hemispheric deposition event ascribed to the eruption of Kuwae in Vanuatu (previously thought to be 1452/1453 C.E. and used as a tie-point in ice core dating) into the year 1458/1459 C.E. This new age is consistent with an independent ice core timescale from Law Dome and explains an apparent delayed response in tree rings to this volcanic event. A second volcanic event is detected in 1453 C.E. in both ice cores. We show for the first time ice core signals in Greenland and Antarctica from the strong eruption of Taupo in New Zealand in 232 C.E. In total, 133 volcanic events were extracted from WDC06A and 138 from NEEM-2011-S1, with 50 ice core signals—predominantly from tropical source volcanoes—identified simultaneously in both records. We assess the effect of large bipolar events on temperature-sensitive tree ring proxies. These two new volcanic records, synchronized with available ice core records to account for spatial variability in sulfate deposition, provide a basis for improving existing time series of volcanic forcing.

  18. Characterization of atmospheric trace elements in the Puruogangri ice core: a preliminary account of Tibetan Plateau environmental and contamination histories

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    Beaudon, E.; Gabrielli, P.; Sierra Hernandez, R.; Wegner, A.; Thompson, L. G.

    2014-12-01

    Asia is facing enormous challenges including large-scale environmental changes, rapid population growth and industrialization. The inherent generated pollution contributes to half of all Earth's anthropogenic trace metals emissions that, when deposited to glaciers of the surrounding mountains of the Third Pole region, leave a characteristic chemical fingerprint. Records of past atmospheric deposition preserved in snow and ice from Third Pole glaciers provide unique insights into changes of the chemical composition of the atmosphere and into the nature and intensity of the regional atmospheric circulation systems. The determination of the elemental composition of aeolian dust stored in Himalayan and Tibetan Plateau glaciers can help to qualify the potential contamination of glacial meltwater as a part of the greater fresh Asian water source. The 215 m long Puruogangri ice core retrieved in 2000 at 6500 m a.s.l. in central Tibetan Plateau (Western Tanggula Shan, China) provides one of the first multi-millennium-long environmental archives (spanning the last 7000 years and annually resolved for the last 400 years) obtained from the Tibetan Plateau region. The Puruogangri's area is climatologically of particular interest because of its location at the boundary between the monsoon (wet) and the westerly (dry) dominated atmospheric circulation. The major objective of this study is to determine the concentration of trace and ultra-trace elements in the Puruogangri ice core between 1600 and 2000 AD in order to characterize the atmospheric aerosols entrapped in the ice. Particular attention is given to assess the amount of trace elements originating from anthropogenic sources during both the pre-industrial and industrial periods. The distinction between the anthropogenic contribution and the crustal background may rely on the precise decoupling of the dry and wet seasons signals, the former being largely influenced by dust contribution.

  19. Targeted interactomics reveals a complex core cell cycle machinery in Arabidopsis thaliana

    PubMed Central

    Van Leene, Jelle; Hollunder, Jens; Eeckhout, Dominique; Persiau, Geert; Van De Slijke, Eveline; Stals, Hilde; Van Isterdael, Gert; Verkest, Aurine; Neirynck, Sandy; Buffel, Yelle; De Bodt, Stefanie; Maere, Steven; Laukens, Kris; Pharazyn, Anne; Ferreira, Paulo C G; Eloy, Nubia; Renne, Charlotte; Meyer, Christian; Faure, Jean-Denis; Steinbrenner, Jens; Beynon, Jim; Larkin, John C; Van de Peer, Yves; Hilson, Pierre; Kuiper, Martin; De Veylder, Lieven; Van Onckelen, Harry; Inzé, Dirk; Witters, Erwin; De Jaeger, Geert

    2010-01-01

    Cell proliferation is the main driving force for plant growth. Although genome sequence analysis revealed a high number of cell cycle genes in plants, little is known about the molecular complexes steering cell division. In a targeted proteomics approach, we mapped the core complex machinery at the heart of the Arabidopsis thaliana cell cycle control. Besides a central regulatory network of core complexes, we distinguished a peripheral network that links the core machinery to up- and downstream pathways. Over 100 new candidate cell cycle proteins were predicted and an in-depth biological interpretation demonstrated the hypothesis-generating power of the interaction data. The data set provided a comprehensive view on heterodimeric cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)–cyclin complexes in plants. For the first time, inhibitory proteins of plant-specific B-type CDKs were discovered and the anaphase-promoting complex was characterized and extended. Important conclusions were that mitotic A- and B-type cyclins form complexes with the plant-specific B-type CDKs and not with CDKA;1, and that D-type cyclins and S-phase-specific A-type cyclins seem to be associated exclusively with CDKA;1. Furthermore, we could show that plants have evolved a combinatorial toolkit consisting of at least 92 different CDK–cyclin complex variants, which strongly underscores the functional diversification among the large family of cyclins and reflects the pivotal role of cell cycle regulation in the developmental plasticity of plants. PMID:20706207

  20. Austral Summer Sea Ice Melt Revealed in Antarctic ERS-1\\/2 and NSCAT Scatterometer Data

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mark R. Drinkwater; Xiang Liu

    IntroductionThe first in-situ field observations of Antarctic austral summer sea-ice melt were made in theBellingshausen Sea by Arctowski (1908) on Belgica in 1899, and later by Wordie (1921)during the ill-fated drift of Endurance in the Weddell Sea from 1914-1916. It has been 100years since these pioneering ship drift experiments, yet little more is known about the spatialextent, duration, frequency of

  1. 9,400 years of cosmic radiation and solar activity from ice cores and tree rings

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    Wehrli, Bernhard

    the history of cosmic radiation and solar activity over many millennia. Although records from different to a new high-resolution 10Be record from Dronning Maud Land obtained within the European Project for Ice

  2. Dust optical properties in antarctic ice cores: application of the Single Particle Extinction and Scattering (SPES) method

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    Potenza, Marco; Villa, Stefano; Sanvito, Tiziano; Albani, Samuel; Delmonte, Barbara; Maggi, Valter

    2015-04-01

    From the point of view of light scattering each particle is characterized by several parameters, the size being by far the most important in determining the amount of radiated power. Nevertheless, composition, internal structure, shape do slightly affect the way light is scattered, and in turn also prevent the possibility to extract the correct size. Recovering the whole information is of paramount difficulty, if not impossibile for single particles. A trade off can be obtained by introducing the optical thickness, i.e. the product of the size and the refractive index, which determines the optical properties. Here we focus at studying the optical thickness of dust particles from the EPICA Dome C ice core. We provide for the first time a direct measurement of dust optical parameters that is the most direct information needed by climate models, and highlight important differences among samples. The SPES method is named after its capability to access both the extinction cross section and the forward scattered field amplitude for each particle. This method is well working with extremely dilute suspensions, such as Antarctic ice core samples. The SPES method is based upon combined and simultaneous measurements of the power reduction of a laser beam in presence of the particle (extinction by definition) and the interference between the intense transmitted beam and the much fainter forward scattered wave (scattering). In such a way it is possible to access both the amplitude and phase of the scattered wave, which means both the real and imaginary parts of the complex field amplitude. This makes the difference with traditional approaches. We show some preliminary results from glacial and interglacial samples from the EPICA ice core and suggest a method to extract information which is important for the light scattering properties of the ensemble of dust particles contained in each sample.

  3. Changes in atmospheric chemical composition determined from ice core records in southwestern Siberia during the twentieth century

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    Joswiak, Daniel R.

    The presented research includes analysis and interpretation of the upper 50 m of a deep ice core which was drilled at 49°48'22"N, 86°33'52" (4115 m.a.s.l.) on the Belukha Plateau, Altai, in southwestern Siberia. The main goal was to examine variability of geochemical records preserved in the ice in relation to climatic and environmental changes; and to determine the main aerosol sources using ground- and upper-level meteorological data. Ion chromatography was used to determine concentrations of anions (SO4, NO3, NO2, Cl), cations (NH4, Ca, K, Mg, Na), the carboxylic (organic) acids acetate (CH3COOH), formate (HCOOH), oxalate (C2O4), and methanesulfonic acid (CH3SO 3H). Major ion concentrations were dominated by sulfate (30.3%), nitrate (18.1%), formate (15.0%), and ammonium (12.4%). Highest concentrations were observed for sulfate; over 1460 ppb. Laser particle counting was used to determine size resolved number concentrations of particles ranging from 0.5 to 16.0 mum. Logarithmic distribution of particles was observed, with over 90% of the particle number concentration coming from particles less than 1.4 mum. Particle mass, calculated from the number concentration, revealed the greatest contribution (59%) to mass arrived with medium size particles (4.0-8.0 microm). Back-trajectories were modeled using NOAA's Hyplit model were modeled for the four days of maximum annual precipitation during a year of increased (1991) and decreased (1990) ion and particle concentrations. Principle components factor analysis was used to determine the main aerosol sources. The upper 50 m covers the time period from 1917 to 2002. Glacier flow models indicated the full depth of 170 m should provide over 1000 years of records. Insoluble particle concentrations preserved in the ice core were affected mainly by climatic conditions including precipitation regimes and wind speed variability. The small size particles (0.5-1.0 mm) are transported inter-continentally and associated with background atmospheric concentrations in the middle-troposphere. The large size particles (4.0-16.0 mum) are deposited from the atmosphere rapidly compared to small particles and were transported to high elevations from the central Asian desert sources. All size particles were found to be negatively correlated with average monthly temperatures indicating low temperatures during the dry particle deposition. During the first half of the 20th Century, soluble ions were dominated by organic acids; indicating mainly natural sources from vegetation and biomass burning. Ion profiles associated with human activities such as fuel combustion (SO4, NO3) significantly increased in concentration from the mid-1950s; coinciding with population growth in large industrialized cities upwind from the study location. Highest correlations between major ions and the ground and upper level wind speed were observed for SO4, indicating long-range transport of pollution to the Altai Mountains. Ion profiles associated with central Asian dust (Ca, Mg) and with sea salt aerosols (Na, Cl) were mainly influenced by climatic factors, and average concentrations did not significantly change during the 20th Century. Factor analysis revealed that ions typically associated with biomass burning (NH4, K) were not resolvable as indicators of separate aerosol source. The organic acid components better preserve forest fire signatures at this study location. The back-trajectories exhibited several notable differences in transport paths of air masses. The trajectories modeled for 1991 show a farther transport distance with significant time of transfer over heavily populated regions of Europe and Russia. The modeled back-trajectories over the Middle-East on two heaviest precipitation days in 1991 provided evidence of the large oil fires in Kuwait, appeared as increased concentrations in sulfate, nitrate, and organic acids. The modeled back-trajectories for 1990 show more localized transport paths or transport over sparsely populated Arctic and Polar Regions. Correlations were not found between the ic

  4. High-Resolution Dust record of last glacial period (MIS 4 to MIS 2) from Talos Dome Ice Core

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    Mazzola, Claudia; Maggi, Valter; Delmonte, Barbara; Marino, Federica; Albani, Samuel

    2010-05-01

    Mineral dust trapped in Antarctic ice cores plays an important role in the study of past climate and atmospheric circulation variability in the Southern Hemisphere. In this work we investigate the Talos Dome (Northern Victoria Land, East Antarctica) ice core dust concentration record through a Laser Sensor (LS) technique. Analyses were performed in continuous as a part of the Continuous Flow Analysis (CFA) system, and discontinuously with Beckman Coulter©Counter for comparison and LS calibration. The LS device provided two basic outputs: (1) "bag" (1 m long sections) mean values and (2) high resolution (1 cm resolution) data. Both signals were processed in the contest of this work and two dust records, respectively at low and high resolution, were produced. Here we report the bag mean dust record from the end of the last deglaciation (about 12,000 years B.P.) to Marine Isotopic Stage 4 (MIS 4, 70,000 years BP). The comparison of the TALDICE LS and EPICA-Dome C dust record provides interesting information about climatic conditions of South Pacific-Ross Sea sector of Antarctica, and atmospheric circulation patterns during last glacial period, with a good agreement between MIS 3 and Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), where several millennial and plurimillennial scale climatic oscillation are observed. For these reasons it is possible suppose that dust transport mechanisms towards TD and DC were the same during the last glacial period. However, MIS 4 in TD ice core was lower, both in concentration and flux, compared to EDC. Likely, during LGM, very cool air masses extended above the Antarctic plateau, even in TD area, have created a subsidence condition which haven't allowed the cyclonic perturbation to penetrate the interior of Antarctica continent. In fact, the Polar Front has moved towards lower latitude in that period, maintaining far away the disturbances. These preliminary observations suggest that the coupling between inner sites such as EDC and the Talos Dome peripheral site becomes progressively stronger from early pleniglacial conditions (MIS 4) to late pleniglacial conditions (late MIS 3, MIS 2). The work was carried out in Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI - Bremerhaven, Germany) in the contest of a collaboration between Germany, Switzerland and Italian groups. This work is part of the TALDICE (TALos Dome ICE core) project, leaded by Italy, that involved also Germany, France, Switzerland and UK.

  5. A 1500 year record of accumulation at Amundsenisen western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, derived from electrical and radioactive measurements on a 120 m ice core

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Karlöf; J.-G. Winther; E. Isaksson; J. Kohler; J. F. Pinglot; F. Wilhelms; M. Hansson; P. Holmlund; M. Nyman; R. Pettersson; M. Stenberg; M. P. A. Thomassen; C. van der Veen

    2000-01-01

    During the Nordic EPICA pre-site survey in Dronning Maud Land in 1997\\/1998 a 120 m long ice core was retrieved (76°00'S 08°03'W, 2400 m above sea level). The whole core has been measured using the electric conductivity measurement (ECM) and dielectric profiling (DEP) techniques, and the core chronology has been established by detecting major volcanic eruptions. In a nearby shallow

  6. Post bubble-closeoff fractionation of gases in polar firn and ice cores: effects of accumulation rate on permeation through overloading pressure

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    Kobashi, T.; Ikeda-Fukazawa, T.; Suwa, M.; Schwander, J.; Kameda, T.; Lundin, J.; Hori, A.; Döring, M.; Leuenberger, M.

    2015-06-01

    Gases in ice cores are invaluable archives of past environmental changes (e.g., the past atmosphere). However, gas fractionation processes after bubble closure in the firn are poorly understood, although increasing evidence indicates preferential leakages of smaller molecules (e.g., neon, oxygen, and argon) from the closed bubbles through ice crystals. These fractionation processes are believed to be responsible for the observed millennial ?O2/N2 variations in ice cores, linking ice core chronologies with orbital parameters. Herein, we found that ?Ar/N2 at decadal resolution on the gas age scale in the GISP2 ice core has a significant negative correlation with accumulation rate over the past 6000 years. Furthermore, the precise temperature and accumulation rate records over the past 4000 years are found to have nearly equal effects on ?Ar/N2 with sensitivities of 0.72 ± 0.1 ‰ °C-1 and -0.58 ± 0.09 ‰ (0.01 m ice yr-1)-1, respectively. To understand the fractionation processes, we applied a permeation model to "microbubbles (< 1 % of air content in the Vostok ice core)" and "normal bubbles" in the firn. The model indicates that ?Ar/N2 in the microbubbles is negatively correlated with the accumulation rate as found in the observation, due to changes in overloading pressure. Colder (warmer) temperatures in the firn induce more (less) depletions in ?Ar/N2. The microbubbles are so depleted in ?Ar/N2 at the bubble closeoff depth that they dominate the total ?Ar/N2 changes in spite of their smaller volumes. The model also indicates that ?Ar/N2 of GISP2 and NGRIP should have experienced several permil of depletion during the storage 14 years after coring. Further understanding of the ?Ar/N2 and ?O2/N2 fractionation processes in the firn may lead to a new proxy for the past temperature and accumulation rate.

  7. Integration of Tibetan Plateau ice-core temperature records and the influence of atmospheric circulation on isotopic signals in the past century

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    Yang, Xiaoxin; Yao, Tandong; Joswiak, Daniel; Yao, Ping

    2014-05-01

    Temperature signals in ice-core ?18O on the Tibetan Plateau (TP), particularly in the central and southern parts, continue to be debated because of the large scale of atmospheric circulation. This study presents ten ice-core ?18O records at an annual resolution, with four (Malan, Muztagata, Guliya, and Dunde) in the northern, three (Puruogangri, Geladaindong, Tanggula) in the central and three (Noijin Kangsang, Dasuopu, East Rongbuk) in the southern TP. Integration shows commonly increasing trends in ?18O in the past century, featuring the largest one in the northern, a moderate one in the central and the smallest one in the southern TP, which are all consistent with ground-based measurements of temperature. The influence of atmospheric circulation on isotopic signals in the past century was discussed through the analysis of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and of possible connections between sea surface temperature (SST) and the different increasing trends in both ice-core ?18O and temperature. Particularly, El Niño and the corresponding warm Bay of Bengal (BOB) SST enhance the TP ice-core isotopic enrichment, while La Niña, or corresponding cold BOB SST, causes depletion. This thus suggests a potential for reconstructing the ENSO history from the TP ice-core ?18O.

  8. The Influence of Platelet Ice and Snow on Antarctic Land-fast Sea Ice

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    Hoppmann, M.; Nicolaus, M.

    2011-12-01

    Sea ice fastened to coasts, icebergs and ice shelves is of crucial importance for climate- and ecosystems. Near Antarctic ice shelves, this land-fast sea ice exhibits two unique characteristics that distinguish it from most other sea ice: a sub-ice layer of ice platelets and a highly stratified and thick snow cover. Ice platelets are flat, plate-like ice crystals forming and growing in a layer of super-cooled water which originates from ice shelf cavities. During growth, heat is lost to the super-cooled ocean rather than conducted to the atmosphere. The crystals accumulate beneath the solid sea-ice cover, forming a layer of loose platelets and eventually becoming incorporated into the sea-ice fabric as platelet ice. Considering the fact that the amount of platelet ice contributes between 10 and 60% to the mass of the land-fast sea ice around Antarctica, very little is known about its spatial and temporal variability. A thick and partly multi-year snow cover develops on top of the Antarctic fast ice, ultimately altering the sea-ice surface and affecting the sea-ice thermodynamics and mass balance. It typically leads to snow-ice formation, surface flooding, and the development of superimposed ice from snow melt water. In order to investigate the role of platelet ice and snow for Antarctic fast ice, we have initiated a regular observation program on the land-fast sea ice of Atka Bay as part of the international Antarctic Fast Ice Network (AFIN). We performed manual measurements of sea-ice and snow thicknesses from June to December 2010 and 2011. Additionally, a mass balance buoy and an automatic weather station were deployed in 2011 and ice cores were taken. Our measurements will reveal insight into the spatial and temporal variability of sea-ice and snow thickness distributions on Atka Bay fast ice. First results show that sea-ice thickness is lowest in the eastern part of the Bay, where a thick snow cover leads to extensive surface flooding. In the West, dynamic conditions lead to high thickness and high local variability. Ice platelets were observed regularly in the boreholes, but measurement techniques have to be improved to assess the thickness of the platelet layer.

  9. Two Extreme Climate Events of the Last 1000 Years Recorded in Himalayan and Andean Ice Cores: Impacts on Humans

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    Thompson, L. G.; Mosley-Thompson, E. S.; Davis, M. E.; Kenny, D. V.; Lin, P.

    2013-12-01

    In the last few decades numerous studies have linked pandemic influenza, cholera, malaria, and viral pneumonia, as well as droughts, famines and global crises, to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Two annually resolved ice core records, one from Dasuopu Glacier in the Himalaya and one from the Quelccaya Ice Cap in the tropical Peruvian Andes provide an opportunity to investigate these relationships on opposite sides of the Pacific Basin for the last 1000 years. The Dasuopu record provides an annual history from 1440 to 1997 CE and a decadally resolved record from 1000 to 1440 CE while the Quelccaya ice core provides annual resolution over the last 1000 years. Major ENSO events are often recorded in the oxygen isotope, insoluble dust, and chemical records from these cores. Here we investigate outbreaks of diseases, famines and global crises during two of the largest events recorded in the chemistry of these cores, particularly large peaks in the concentrations of chloride (Cl-) and fluoride (Fl-). One event is centered on 1789 to 1800 CE and the second begins abruptly in 1345 and tapers off after 1360 CE. These Cl- and F- peaks represent major droughts and reflect the abundance of continental atmospheric dust, derived in part from dried lake beds in drought stricken regions upwind of the core sites. For Dasuopu the likely sources are in India while for Quelccaya the sources would be the Andean Altiplano. Both regions are subject to drought conditions during the El Niño phase of the ENSO cycle. These two events persist longer (10 to 15 years) than today's typical ENSO events in the Pacific Ocean Basin. The 1789 to 1800 CE event was associated with a very strong El Niño event and was coincidental with the Boji Bara famine resulting from extended droughts that led to over 600,000 deaths in central India by 1792. Similarly extensive droughts are documented in Central and South America. Likewise, the 1345 to 1360 CE event, although poorly documented historically in South America, is concomitant with major droughts in India, the collapse of the Yang Dynasty and the Black Death that eliminated roughly one third of the global population. Understanding the characteristics and drivers of these 'natural' events is critical to design adaptive measures for a world with over seven billion people and a climate system now influenced by human activities.

  10. Ice sheet grounding and iceberg plow marks on the northern and central Yermak Plateau revealed by geophysical data

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    Gebhardt, A. C.; Jokat, W.; Niessen, F.; Matthiessen, J.; Geissler, W. H.; Schenke, H. W.

    2011-06-01

    We present new evidence for a grounded ice sheet and subsequent erosion by large fields of coherent icebergs for the central and northern Yermak Plateau (80.6°N to 82.2°N). Sediment echosounder and swath bathymetry data were combined with seismic reflection profiles and reveal at least three different glacial events marked by erosional unconformities: (i) An erosional unconformity was observed at ˜70-90 m below seafloor down to depths of more than 850 m present water depth, extending to ˜82°N. The erosional unconformity is overlain by an acoustically chaotic layer of ˜50 m thickness interpreted as a diamicton originating from a grounded ice sheet. The erosional unconformity and the overlying diamicton can be correlated to the overconsolidated sediments found at ODP Site 910 at a sediment depth between ˜19 and 70-95 m. The oldest sediments just above the overconsolidated sediments are of late Early Pleistocene age (MIS19/20) and provide a minimum age for the grounding event. (ii) Parallel to sub-parallel mega-scale lineations are observed on large parts of the plateau west and northeast of the Sverdrup Bank at water depths between 725 and 850 m. These lineations are mainly oriented NNE-SSW and were quite likely formed by the keels of deep-draft, mega-scale tabular icebergs entrapped in a coherent mass of icebergs and sea ice. The lineations are of late Middle Pleistocene age. (iii) Smaller-scale curvilinear plow marks were found in the southernmost part of our study area at water depths between 640 and 775 m. These were possibly caused by single icebergs and are of Late Pleistocene age. Iceberg scours are also found on three basement heights on the Yermak Plateau. These, however, cannot be assigned to specific events; they might as well originate from additional glacial phases. The western (at >850 m water depth) and eastern (at >1000-1200 m water depth) flanks of the Yermak Plateau are relatively featureless, and indicate the maximum depth of a grounded ice sheet and of iceberg armadas probably entrapped in sea ice.

  11. Estimating Last Glacial Maximum Ice Thickness Using Porosity and Depth Relationships: Examples from AND-1B and AND-2A Cores, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

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    Hayden, T. G.; Kominz, M. A.; Magens, D.; Niessen, F.

    2009-12-01

    We have estimated ice thicknesses at the AND-1B core during the Last Glacial Maximum by adapting an existing technique to calculate overburden. As ice thickness at Last Glacial Maximum is unknown in existing ice sheet reconstructions, this analysis provides constraint on model predictions. We analyze the porosity as a function of depth and lithology from measurements taken on the AND-1B core, and compare these results to a global dataset of marine, normally compacted sediments compiled from various legs of ODP and IODP. Using this dataset we are able to estimate the amount of overburden required to compact the sediments to the porosity observed in AND-1B. This analysis is a function of lithology, depth and porosity, and generates estimates ranging from zero to 1,000 meters. These overburden estimates are based on individual lithologies, and are translated into ice thickness estimates by accounting for both sediment and ice densities. To do this we use a simple relationship of Xover * (?sed/?ice) = Xice; where Xover is the overburden thickness, ?sed is sediment density (calculated from lithology and porosity), ?ice is the density of glacial ice (taken as 0.85g/cm3), and Xice is the equalivant ice thickness. The final estimates vary considerably, however the “Best Estimate” behavior of the 2 lithologies most likely to compact consistently is remarkably similar. These lithologies are the clay and silt units (Facies 2a/2b) and the diatomite units (Facies 1a) of AND-1B. These lithologies both produce best estimates of approximately 1,000 meters of ice during Last Glacial Maximum. Additionally, while there is a large range of possible values, no combination of reasonable lithology, compaction, sediment density, or ice density values result in an estimate exceeding 1,900 meters of ice. This analysis only applies to ice thicknesses during Last Glacial Maximum, due to the overprinting effect of Last Glacial Maximum on previous ice advances. Analysis of the AND-2A core is underway, and results will be compared to those of AND-1B.

  12. Recent developments in the optical televiewing of ice boreholes

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    Hubbard, Bryn

    2014-05-01

    Developed in the past few years, the optical televiewing (OPTV) of ice boreholes has now been successfully applied to temperate and polythermal valley glaciers, to Antarctic ice shelves, to a shallow borehole on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and recently to the NEEM deep ice borehole. Here, we report on several specific aspects of this work, outlining the capability of OPTV in glaciological analysis. These include: • Revealing the 3D internal structure of valley glaciers, e.g. identifying eight separate structural generations on Midre Lovénbreen, Svalbard; • Characterizing the internal ice facies forming the base of an Antarctic ice shelf rift, e.g. identifying three possible types of 'marine ice'; • Recording annual layering and allowing age-depth scales to be reconstructed for contrasting locations on both the Greenland and the Antarctic ice sheets. • Providing a proxy for snow, firn and ice density, based on calibrating an OPTV record of an Antarctic ice-shelf borehole with densities measured gravimetrically on corresponding core samples. • Reconstructing former surface melting and melt-pond formation on an Antarctic ice shelf, revealing that such melting is not a recent phenomenon. • Revealing aspects of the internal structure of the Greenland ice sheet at the NEEM deep ice drill site, e.g. the presence of ash layers and annual layering at depths of several hundreds of metres in the ice.

  13. Determination of lead isotopes in a new Greenland deep ice core at the sub-picogram per gram level by thermal ionization mass spectrometry using an improved decontamination method.

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    Han, Changhee; Burn-Nunes, Laurie J; Lee, Khanghyun; Chang, Chaewon; Kang, Jung-Ho; Han, Yeongcheol; Hur, Soon Do; Hong, Sungmin

    2015-08-01

    An improved decontamination method and ultraclean analytical procedures have been developed to minimize Pb contamination of processed glacial ice cores and to achieve reliable determination of Pb isotopes in North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) deep ice core sections with concentrations at the sub-picogram per gram level. A PL-7 (Fuso Chemical) silica-gel activator has replaced the previously used colloidal silica activator produced by Merck and has been shown to provide sufficiently enhanced ion beam intensity for Pb isotope analysis for a few tens of picograms of Pb. Considering the quantities of Pb contained in the NEEM Greenland ice core and a sample weight of 10g used for the analysis, the blank contribution from the sample treatment was observed to be negligible. The decontamination and analysis of the artificial ice cores and selected NEEM Greenland ice core sections confirmed the cleanliness and effectiveness of the overall analytical process. PMID:26048818

  14. Spatial and temporal variability of snow accumulation in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica, including two deep ice coring sites at Dome Fuji and EPICA DML

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    S. Fujita; P. Holmlund; I. Andersson; I. Brown; H. Enomoto; Y. Fujii; K. Fujita; K. Fukui; T. Furukawa; M. Hansson; K. Hara; Y. Hoshina; M. Igarashi; Y. Iizuka; S. Imura; S. Ingvander; T. Karlin; H. Motoyama; F. Nakazawa; H. Oerter; L. E. Sjöberg; S. Sugiyama; S. Surdyk; J. Ström; R. Uemura; F. Wilhelms

    2011-01-01

    To better understand the spatio-temporal variability of the glaciological environment in Dronning Maud Land (DML), East Antarctica, investigations were carried out along the 2800-km-long Japanese-Swedish IPY 2007\\/2008 traverse. The route covers ice sheet ridges and two deep ice coring sites at Dome Fuji and EPICA DML. The surface mass balance (SMB) distribution was derived based on analysis of isochrones within

  15. Oxygen isotope and palaeotemperature records from six Greenland ice-core stations: Camp Century, Dye3, GRIP, GISP2, Renland and NorthGRIP

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    Sigfus J. Johnsen; Dorthe Dahl-Jensen; Niels Gundestrup; Jørgen P. Steffensen; Henrik B. Clausen; Heinz Miller; Valerie Masson-Delmotte; Arny E. Sveinbjörnsdottir; James White

    2001-01-01

    Oxygen isotope variations spanning the last glacial cycle and the Holocene derived from ice-core records for six sites in Greenland (Camp Century, Dye-3, GRIP, GISP2, Renland and NorthGRIP) show strong similarities. This suggests that the dominant influence on oxygen isotope variations reflected in the ice-sheet records was regional climatic change. Differences in detail between the records probably reflect the effects

  16. Rich club analysis in the Alzheimer's disease connectome reveals a relatively undisturbed structural core network.

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    Daianu, Madelaine; Jahanshad, Neda; Nir, Talia M; Jack, Clifford R; Weiner, Michael W; Bernstein, Matt A; Thompson, Paul M

    2015-08-01

    Diffusion imaging can assess the white matter connections within the brain, revealing how neural pathways break down in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We analyzed 3-Tesla whole-brain diffusion-weighted images from 202 participants scanned by the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative-50 healthy controls, 110 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and 42 AD patients. From whole-brain tractography, we reconstructed structural brain connectivity networks to map connections between cortical regions. We tested whether AD disrupts the "rich club" - a network property where high-degree network nodes are more interconnected than expected by chance. We calculated the rich club properties at a range of degree thresholds, as well as other network topology measures including global degree, clustering coefficient, path length, and efficiency. Network disruptions predominated in the low-degree regions of the connectome in patients, relative to controls. The other metrics also showed alterations, suggesting a distinctive pattern of disruption in AD, less pronounced in MCI, targeting global brain connectivity, and focusing on more remotely connected nodes rather than the central core of the network. AD involves severely reduced structural connectivity; our step-wise rich club coefficients analyze points to disruptions predominantly in the peripheral network components; other modalities of data are needed to know if this indicates impaired communication among non rich club regions. The highly connected core was relatively preserved, offering new evidence on the neural basis of progressive risk for cognitive decline. Hum Brain Mapp 36:3087-3103, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26037224

  17. Analysis of mammalian gene batteries reveals both stable ancestral cores and highly dynamic regulatory sequences

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    Ettwiller, Laurence; Budd, Aidan; Spitz, François; Wittbrodt, Joachim

    2008-01-01

    Background Changes in gene regulation are suspected to comprise one of the driving forces for evolution. To address the extent of cis-regulatory changes and how they impact on gene regulatory networks across eukaryotes, we systematically analyzed the evolutionary dynamics of target gene batteries controlled by 16 different transcription factors. Results We found that gene batteries show variable conservation within vertebrates, with slow and fast evolving modules. Hence, while a key gene battery associated with the cell cycle is conserved throughout metazoans, the POU5F1 (Oct4) and SOX2 batteries in embryonic stem cells show strong conservation within mammals, with the striking exception of rodents. Within the genes composing a given gene battery, we could identify a conserved core that likely reflects the ancestral function of the corresponding transcription factor. Interestingly, we show that the association between a transcription factor and its target genes is conserved even when we exclude conserved sequence similarities of their promoter regions from our analysis. This supports the idea that turnover, either of the transcription factor binding site or its direct neighboring sequence, is a pervasive feature of proximal regulatory sequences. Conclusions Our study reveals the dynamics of evolutionary changes within metazoan gene networks, including both the composition of gene batteries and the architecture of target gene promoters. This variation provides the playground required for evolutionary innovation around conserved ancestral core functions. PMID:19087242

  18. Calcareous nannofossil evidence for Marine Isotope Stage 31 (1 Ma) in the AND-1B Core, ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf Project (Antarctica).

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    Villa, G.; Persico, D.; Wise, S. W.; Gadaleta, A.

    2009-04-01

    During the austral summer 2006 the ANDRILL Program recovered a 1285 m-long succession of cyclic glacimarine sediments from the McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS). The aim of the MIS Project was to obtain continuous Neogene (c. 0-10 Ma) glacial, glacimarine, volcanic, and biogenic sediments that have accumulated in the region of the McMurdo Ice Shelf (Ross Sea) nourished by ice flowing from East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) outlet glaciers in the Transantarctic Mountains (TAM). The MIS AND-1B drill core represents the longest and most complete (98% recovery) geological record from the Antarctic continental margin to date, and will provide a key reference record of climate and ice-sheet variability through the Late Neogene; detailed investigations of this record will contribute for improving our knowledge of Antarctica's influence on global climate. Preliminary on-ice analysis of the smear slides of the Andrill core revealed calcareous microfossils (dinoflagellates, calciosponge spicula and small foraminifera) occurring with variable concentrations. The presence of thoracosphaerid fragments in the smear slides of the first 600 mbsf (Quaternary), probably belong to the species Thoracosphaera saxea (Stradner 1961), and Thoracosphaera heimi (Kamptner, 1941) and other, potentially undescribed species (Villa & Wise 1998), suggests either a peculiar adaptation to this environment, due to their ability to develop cysts or warmer conditions at the time of their deposition, or a combination of both. However, they represent an additional element to use with the other proxies for inferring palaeoenvironmental conditions of the core. Subsequent shore-based analyses of 100 samples from 86-96 mbsf revealed for the first time the presence of Pleistocene coccolithophorids at these high southern latitudes (77° S), including: Coccolithus pelagicus, small Gephyrocapsa, Reticulofenestra asanoi, Pseudoemiliania lacunosa, Dictyoccocites productus, Reticulofenestra sp., Reticulofenestra minutula, Thoracosphaera spp.. The presence of several Tertiary reworked species and rare Cretaceous reworked taxa are interpreted in terms of provenance. As the lower temperature limit for living calcareous nannoplankton is about 2.5°C, the presence of nannofossils from 86 to 96 mbsf, though rare, is an indication of ice-free and sea surface temperatures warmer than today, in the Ross Sea. The presence of numerous volcaniclastic units and biosiliceous sediments from 86.6 to 92.5 mbsf indicate an extended period of open-water conditions with no sea ice, beyond the calving line. An 40Ar/39Ar age of 1.014 ± 0.004 Ma on pumice at 85.50 mbsf confirms the age assignment given by diatom biostratigraphy (1.07 Ma) for this interval. Accordingly, the short normal magnetozone between 84.97 and 91.13 mbsf is correlated with the Jaramillo Subchron (C1r.1n) (Wilson et al., 2007). The presence of nannofossil in the biogenic interglacial sediments is consistent with warm episode of surface waters and open marine conditions during the Jaramillo subchron, at ~1 Ma, which corresponds with Marine isotope stage (MIS-31) (Naish et al., 2007). The "superinterglacial" associated with MIS 31 was the last significant warm interglacial of the obliquity-dominated world, and may represent a precursor to the high-amplitude eccentricity-dominated cycles that followed the mid-Pleistocene climate shift. Climate proxies from other studies from the Southern Ocean at ODP Site 1165 (Villa et al., 2008), at ODP Site 1094 (Scherer et al., 2008), and from the Antarctic margin in a shelly carbonate sequence at Cape Roberts 1 (Villa and Wise, 1998; Scherer et al., 2008) also support the idea of a warming event during this time, suggesting that it was extended around the Antarctic Continent. This in turn implies a total or partial collapse of McMurdo Ice Shelf and a concurrent shift or temporary dissipation of the Polar Front (Antarctic Convergence) and Antarctic Divergence that currently serve as barriers to the influx of calcareous nannofossils to the margins of Antarctica. The warm interval during

  19. A 108.83-m ice-core record of atmospheric dust deposition at Mt. Qomolangma (Everest), Central Himalaya

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    Xu, Jianzhong; Hou, Shugui; Qin, Dahe; Kaspari, Susan; Mayewski, Paul Andrew; Petit, Jean Robert; Delmonte, Barbara; Kang, Shichang; Ren, Jiawen; Chappellaz, Jerome; Hong, Sungmin

    2010-01-01

    The central Himalaya can be regarded as an ideal site for developing a long-term ice core dust record to reflect the environmental signals from regional to semi-hemispheric scales. Here we present a dust record from segments of a 108.83-m ice core recovered from the East Rongbuk (ER) Glacier (27°59'N, 86°55'E; 6518 m a.s.l.) on the northeast slope of Mt. Qomolangma (Everest) in the central Himalaya, covering the period AD 600-1960. Due to rapidly layer thinning and coarse sampling, we primarily discuss the changes in the dust record since AD 1500 in this paper. Results show a significant positive relationship between the dust concentration and reconstructed air temperatures during this period, suggesting a likely cold-humid and warm-dry climatic pattern in the dust source regions, namely Central Asia. This is associated with the variability in the strength of the westerlies and its corresponding precipitation.

  20. Enrichment of Atmospheric Heavy Metals Since the 1940s From a High-Resolution Mt. Everest Ice Core

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    Kaspari, S. D.; Mayewski, P. A.; Handley, M.; Osterberg, E.; Kang, S.; Hou, S.; Qin, D.

    2006-12-01

    A 108m ice core collected in 2002 from the col of the East Rongbuk Glacier at the northeast slope of Mt. Everest (6518 m a.s.l.) spanning the past millennium has been sampled at high-resolution (3cm/sample) and analyzed for trace elements (Sr, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Bi, U, As, Tl, Li, Al, S, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Na, Mg). This provides the first continuous time series from Asia of trace elements and heavy metals prior to industrialization to present. All elements display a distinct seasonal signal, with elevated concentrations in late winter to spring and low concentrations the remainder of the year. The most notable increase in concentrations above pre-industrial background levels is for Bi and U which increased 3 and 5-fold, respectively. Crustal enrichment factor analysis indicates an increase in non-crustal sources of these elements beginning in the 1940s, and peaking in the early-mid 1990s. Causes for these increases related to anthropogenic activities are investigated. Significant enrichment of Bi in 1992, 1963 and 1815 from the Pinatubo, Agung and Tambora volcanic eruptions provide the first volcanic horizons identified in an Asian ice core.

  1. The WAIS Melt Monitor: An automated ice core melting system for meltwater sample handling and the collection of high resolution microparticle size distribution data

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    Breton, D. J.; Koffman, B. G.; Kreutz, K. J.; Hamilton, G. S.

    2010-12-01

    Paleoclimate data are often extracted from ice cores by careful geochemical analysis of meltwater samples. The analysis of the microparticles found in ice cores can also yield unique clues about atmospheric dust loading and transport, dust provenance and past environmental conditions. Determination of microparticle concentration, size distribution and chemical makeup as a function of depth is especially difficult because the particle size measurement either consumes or contaminates the meltwater, preventing further geochemical analysis. Here we describe a microcontroller-based ice core melting system which allows the collection of separate microparticle and chemistry samples from the same depth intervals in the ice core, while logging and accurately depth-tagging real-time electrical conductivity and particle size distribution data. This system was designed specifically to support microparticle analysis of the WAIS Divide WDC06A deep ice core, but many of the subsystems are applicable to more general ice core melting operations. Major system components include: a rotary encoder to measure ice core melt displacement with 0.1 millimeter accuracy, a meltwater tracking system to assign core depths to conductivity, particle and sample vial data, an optical debubbler level control system to protect the Abakus laser particle counter from damage due to air bubbles, a Rabbit 3700 microcontroller which communicates with a host PC, collects encoder and optical sensor data and autonomously operates Gilson peristaltic pumps and fraction collectors to provide automatic sample handling, melt monitor control software operating on a standard PC allowing the user to control and view the status of the system, data logging software operating on the same PC to collect data from the melting, electrical conductivity and microparticle measurement systems. Because microparticle samples can easily be contaminated, we use optical air bubble sensors and high resolution ice core density profiles to guide the melting process. The combination of these data allow us to analyze melt head performance, minimize outer-to-inner fraction contamination and avoid melt head flooding. The WAIS Melt Monitor system allows the collection of real-time, sub-annual microparticle and electrical conductivity data while producing and storing enough sample for traditional Coulter-Counter particle measurements as well long term acid leaching of bioactive metals (e.g., Fe, Co, Cd, Cu, Zn) prior to chemical analysis.

  2. Recent Snow Accumulation Variability in Northwest Greenland from a Compilation of Snow Pits, Ice Cores, and Instrumental Records

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    Wong, G. J.; Osterberg, E. C.; Hawley, R. L.; Courville, Z.; Ferris, D. G.; Howley, J. A.; Caughey, S. K.; Lutz, E.; Overly, T. B.

    2014-12-01

    Accumulation (precipitation minus evaporation or sublimation) is fundamental to understanding the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS). Increases in accumulation rates over an ice sheet may be driven by the higher saturation vapor pressure with rising temperatures (e.g., Davis et al., 2005), and/or changes in atmospheric circulation patterns such as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) (Appenzeller et al., 1998; Mosley-Thompson et al., 2005). Ground-penetrating radar data taken along the 2011 Greenland Inland Traverse indicate that northwest Greenland accumulation rates have increased approximately ~10% in the dry-snow zone over the past 50 years (Hawley et al., 2014), with differences in accumulation values more pronounced in the lower-elevation, coastal region near Thule. A similar pattern is also observed in snow pit data collected along the traverse when compared to traverse snowpit data from the 1950s. Accumulation rates derived from northwest Greenland shallow cores, however, indicate no statistically significant trend in annual accumulation (Bales et al., 2001; Buchardt et al., 2012). Here we present a compilation of precipitation (accumulation) instrumental and proxy records from the northwest GIS in an effort to reconcile these observations and improve our understanding of NW Greenland accumulation variability over the past ~100 years. Our analysis incorporates records from snowpits, shallow cores, and historical datasets including precipitation data from coastal meteorological stations (Cappelen et al., 2011). We assess the sensitivity of snow accumulation to factors including topography, temperature variability, and changes in atmospheric circulation. Preliminary analyses support the hypothesis that accumulation has been rising in coastal regions of the ice sheet for the past two decades without a significant trend further inland.

  3. Southern Tibetan Plateau Ice Core ?18o Reflects Abrupt Shifts in Atmospheric Circulation in the Late 1970s

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    Gao, J.

    2014-12-01

    Ice cores from the Tibetan Plateau provide high-resolution records of changes in the snow and ice isotopic composition. In the monsoon sector of southern Tibetan Plateau, their climatic interpretation has been controversial. Here, we present a new high-resolution ?18O record obtained from 2206 measurements performed at 2-3 cm depth resolution along a 55.1 m depth ice core retrieved from the Noijinkansang glacier (NK, 5950 m a.s.l.), and spanning the period 1864 to 2006. The data depict high ?18O levels in the 19th century, in the 1910s, 1960s, a drop in the late 1970s and a recent increasing trend. The comparison with regional meteorological data and with a simulation performed with the LMDZiso general circulation model leads to the attributing of the abrupt shift in the late 1970s predominantly to changes in regional atmospheric circulation rather than to changes in local temperature. Correlation analyses suggest that the large-scale modes of variability (PDO and ENSO) play important roles in modulating NK ?18O changes. The NK ?18O minimum at the end of the 1970s coincides with a PDO phase shift, an inflexion point of the zonal index as well as ENSO, implying interdecadal modelation of the PDO/ENSO on the influence of the Indian monsoon on southern TP precipitation ?18O. While convective activity above North India controls the intra-seasonal variability of precipitation ?18O in southern TP, other processes associated with changes in large-scale atmospheric circulation act at the inter-annual scale.

  4. Detection and Isolation of Ultrasmall Microorganisms from a 120,000-Year-Old Greenland Glacier Ice Core

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    Miteva, Vanya I.; Brenchley, Jean E.

    2005-01-01

    The abundant microbial population in a 3,043-m-deep Greenland glacier ice core was dominated by ultrasmall cells (<0.1 ?m3) that may represent intrinsically small organisms or starved, minute forms of normal-sized microbes. In order to examine their diversity and obtain isolates, we enriched for ultrasmall psychrophiles by filtering melted ice through filters with different pore sizes, inoculating anaerobic low-nutrient liquid media, and performing successive rounds of filtrations and recultivations at 5°C. Melted ice filtrates, cultures, and isolates were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, flow cytometry, cultivation, and molecular methods. The results confirmed that numerous cells passed through 0.4-?m, 0.2-?m, and even 0.1-?m filters. Interestingly, filtration increased cell culturability from the melted ice, yielding many isolates related to high-G+C gram-positive bacteria. Comparisons between parallel filtered and nonfiltered cultures showed that (i) the proportion of 0.2-?m-filterable cells was higher in the filtered cultures after short incubations but this difference diminished after several months, (ii) more isolates were obtained from filtered (1,290 isolates) than from nonfiltered (447 isolates) cultures, and (iii) the filtration and liquid medium cultivation increased isolate diversity (Proteobacteria; Cytophaga-Flavobacteria-Bacteroides; high-G+C gram-positive; and spore-forming, low-G+C gram-positive bacteria). Many isolates maintained their small cell sizes after recultivation and were phylogenetically novel or related to other ultramicrobacteria. Our filtration-cultivation procedure, combined with long incubations, enriched for novel ultrasmall-cell isolates, which is useful for studies of their metabolic properties and mechanisms for long-term survival under extreme conditions. PMID:16332755

  5. Selective Memory: Process-Based Temperature Calibration for Greenland Ice Core ?-18O Accounting for Seasonal Biases

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    Rhines, A. N.; Huybers, P. J.

    2013-12-01

    Greenland ?-18O variability --- a proxy of temperature variability --- differs markedly between the Holocene and the last glacial. Placing the observed modern temperature record in the context of the past requires an understanding of how temperature variability projects onto the isotopic fractionation and depositional processes that influence the recorded isotopic signal. We apply a new statistical methodology for determining moisture sources to the Greenland ice sheet with model simulations of the Holocene and last glacial. The method uses Lagrangian estimates of source properties, and is validated against conservative Eulerian 'water tagging' tracers. Both the seasonality and source of precipitation change significantly between the Holocene and last glacial, though source temperature is generally stable --- deriving from the near the sea ice edge and being near freezing as this is the most proximate source of water vapor for Greenland. With greater sea ice extent and enhanced orographic forcing, the North Atlantic storm track also migrates southward, reducing the flux of moist static energy to Greenland. This causes a decrease in winter temperature concomitant with a reduced ratio of winter-to-summer accumulation, muting the annual-mean isotopic response to the cooling. Based on these results, a temperature calibration is derived for Greenland ?-18O that depends on the mean background climate and takes into account changes in seasonality and source. The new calibration compares favorably with independent estimates of the ?-18O-temperature relationship from the last glacial and Holocene. These results help to better calibrate the Greenland ice core ?-18O-temperature relationship and provide insight into the difference between modern and glacial climates.

  6. A new age constraint on the deglaciation of the Ross Sea from an ice core from Roosevelt Island, East Ross Sea, Antarctica

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    Lee, J. E.; Brook, E.; Blunier, T.; Bertler, N. A. N.; Vallelonga, P. T.

    2014-12-01

    A new ice core from Roosevelt Island was drilled for the Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution (RICE) project to establish the history of deglaciation of the Ross Sea through the Holocene. Evidence of glacial retreat in the Ross Sea Embayment shows that deglaciation happened in several stages of rapid collapse and persisted well after the melting of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets was complete. The ice rise on Roosevelt Island should record the timing of the recession of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) past Roosevelt Island. The transition between ice originating from WAIS and ice originating local to Roosevelt Island could, in principle, be identified in the RICE ice core by the Total Air Content (TAC), which depends on surface air pressure and climate. Because the accumulation zone of WAIS is at a higher altitude than Roosevelt Island, it is expected that TAC will record a sharp drop during the transition. Existing data back to 3.7 ka show a relatively constant air content, probably implying only small elevation changes over that time. New results from deeper sections will be discussed at the meeting.

  7. New Map Reveals Hidden Features of Ice-buried Antarctic Lake

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    This article explains that scientists have developed the first-ever map of water depth in Lake Vostok, which lies between 3,700 and 4,300 meters (more than 2 miles) below the continental Antarctic ice sheet. The new comprehensive measurements of the lake, roughly the size of North America's Lake Ontario, indicate it is divided into two distinct basins that may have different water chemistry and other characteristics. The findings have important implications for the diversity of microbial life in Lake Vostok and provide a strategy for how scientists study the lake's different ecosystems should international scientific consensus approve exploration of the pristine and ancient environment. The article is accompanied by photographs and a color-coded map showing the contours of the lake. The site also contains links to more information about the lake and the groups that are studying it.

  8. Spores of most common airborne fungi reveal no ice nucleation activity

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    Pummer, B. G.; Atanasova, L.; Bauer, H.; Bernardi, J.; Druzhinina, I. S.; Grothe, H.

    2013-06-01

    Fungal spores are ubiquitous biological aerosols, which are considered to show ice nucleation (IN) activity. In this study the respective IN activity was tested in oil emulsion in the immersion freezing mode. The focus was laid on species of economical, ecological or sanitary significance. For the first time, not only common moulds, but also edible mushrooms (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) were investigated, as they contribute massively to the total amount of fungal spores in the atmosphere. Only Fusarium avenaceum showed freezing events at low subzero-temperatures, while the other investigated fungal spores showed no significant IN activity. Furthermore, we selected a set of fungal strains from different sites and exposed them to occasional freezing stress during cultivation. Although the total protein expression was altered by this treatment, it had no significant impact on the IN activity.

  9. Glacial ice cores: A model system for developing extraterrestrial decontamination protocols

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    Brent C. Christner; Jill A. Mikucki; Christine M. Foreman; Jackie Denson; John C. Priscu

    2005-01-01

    Evidence gathered from spacecraft orbiting Mars has shown that water ice exists at both poles and may form a large subsurface reservoir at lower latitudes. The recent exploration of the martian surface by unmanned landers and surface rovers, and the planned missions to eventually return samples to Earth have raised concerns regarding both forward and back contamination. Methods to search

  10. Coupling PIXE and SEM\\/EDAX for characterizing atmospheric aerosols in ice-cores

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    Paolo Laj; Grazia Ghermandi; Rodolfo Cecchi; Daniele Ceccato

    1996-01-01

    The atmospheric aerosol plays a key role in controlling the Earth's climatic system. This climatic forcing is related to its dimension and chemical composition and therefore, understanding temporal and spatial fluctuations related to changing environmental conditions is a key step in assessing future climatic change. The atmosphere's chemical constituents are deposited onto polar ice sheets, and conserved by accumulation of

  11. Mineral dust archive in Taylor Dome ice core as evidence for shifting coastal east Antarctic climate during the LGM-Holocene transition

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    Aarons, S. M.; Aciego, S.; Gabrielli, P.; Delmonte, B.; Koornneef, J.; Bouman, C.; Wegner, A.

    2014-12-01

    Ice cores from ice sheets in Antarctica provide valuable records of past climates encompassing hundreds of thousands of years. Chemical and mineralogical characterization of aerosol mineral particles (dust) transported through the atmosphere and deposited on ice sheets and glaciers provide insight into the regional and global climate conditions during a time period. Elemental and isotopic analysis of dust entrapped in ice aids in determining provenance, with variations signifying changes in dust production, sources and transport pathways, indicating an evolving local and/or global climate. We present radiogenic isotope and elemental compositions of insoluble dust entrained in a coastal Antarctic ice core during the transition from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to the Holocene. A series of 15 samples from the Taylor Dome ice core, 113-391 m in depth covering a time period of 1.8-31.5 ka were analyzed using traditional Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) equipped with 10-11 Ohm resistors (87Sr/86Sr) and 10-13 Ohm resistors (143Nd/144Nd). We determined trace (TE) and rare earth element (REE) concentrations by Inductively Coupled Plasma Sector Field Mass Spectrometry (ICP-SFMS) and dust concentration and size distribution by Coulter Counter. The radiogenic isotopic compositions of glacial dust agrees with previously measured Antarctic dust: 87Sr/86Sr= 0.7052 - 0.7124 and ?Nd= -0.9 - -4.7, whereas Holocene dust displays a broader range from 87Sr/86Sr= 0.7054 - 0.7163 and ?Nd= -0.9 - -7.1, suggesting a shift from globally transported dust to more variable local input following the LGM to Holocene transition. The REE and TE concentrations display typical East Antarctic ice core dust patterns. The average dust particle diameter increases from ~1.8 to ~3 ?m with decreasing depositional age, supporting the alteration in dust transport mechanism hypothesis. Our results display dust concentrations of >500 and <15 ppb during glacial and interglacial periods respectively, which are consistent with dust concentration analyses of interior Antarctic ice cores. We present the first radiogenic isotope dust data of a coastal Antarctic ice core during the Holocene, with distinct differences in dust characteristics during the LGM-Holocene transition indicating changes in dust provenance.

  12. The Subglacial Access and Fast Ice Research Experiment (SAFIRE): 3. Englacial and subglacial conditions revealed by seismic reflection data on Store Glacier, West Greenland.

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    Hofstede, Coen; Eisen, Olaf; Young, Tun Jan; Doyle, Samuel; Hubbard, Bryn; Christoffersen, Poul; Hubbard, Alun

    2015-04-01

    Basal conditions have a profound influence on the dynamics of outlet glaciers. As part of the SAFIRE research programme, we carried out a seismic survey on Store Glacier, a tidewater glacier terminating in Uummanaq Fjord in West Greenland (see joint abstracts by Christoffersen et al. and Doyle et al. for details). At the survey site the ice moves 700m/a making the terrain crevassed and bumpy. Despite the rough terrain we collected two 1.5 km long survey lines parallel and perpendicular to the ice flow direction using a 300m snow streamer and explosives as a source. The seismic data reveal an ice thickness of about 620m and 20 to 30m of subglacial sediment on the upstream side of the area thinning in the downstream direction. From polarity reversals seen along the ice-bed contact we speculate that the sediments have varying degrees of water content. The ice itself has several englacial reflections parallel and close to the bed. At approximately 475m depth, a clear single englacial reflection is observed in the parallel survey line. Thermistor data installed at this location show a clear increase in ice temperature starting at this depth. We speculate that the observed englacial reflection is caused by a change in crystal orientation fabric allowing greater ice deformation below this depth causing increased strain heating.

  13. Isotope Reanalysis for 20th century: Reproduction of isotopic time series in corals, tree-rings, and tropical ice cores

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    Yoshimura, K.

    2012-04-01

    In the present study, an isotope-incorporated GCM simulation for AD1871 to AD2008 nudged toward the so-called "20th Century Reanalysis (20CR)" atmospheric fields is conducted. Beforehand the long-term integration, a method to downscale ensemble mean fields is proposed, since 20CR is a product of 56-member ensemble Kalman filtering data assimilation. The method applies a correction to one of the ensemble members in such a way that the seasonal mean is equal to that of the ensemble mean, and then the corrected member is inputted into the isotope-incorporated GCM (i.e., IsoGSM) with the global spectral nudging technique. Use of the method clearly improves the skill than the cases of using only a single member and of using the ensemble means; the skill becomes equivalent to when 3-6 members are directly used. By comparing with GNIP precipitation isotope database, it is confirmed that the 20C Isotope Reanalysis's performance for latter half of the 20th century is just comparable to the other latest studies. For more comparisons for older periods, proxy records including corals, tree-rings, and tropical ice cores are used. First for corals: the 20C Isotope Reanalysis successfully reproduced the ?18O in surface sea water recorded in the corals at many sites covering large parts of global tropical oceans. The comparison suggests that coral records represent past hydrologic balance information where interannual variability in precipitation is large. Secondly for tree-rings: ?18O of cellulose extracted from the annual rings of the long-lived Bristlecone Pine from White Mountain in Southern California is well reproduced by 20C Isotope Reanalysis. Similar good performance is obtained for Cambodia, too. However, the mechanisms driving the isotopic variations are different over California and Cambodia; for California, Hadley cell's expansion and consequent meridional shift of the submerging dry zone and changes in water vapor source is the dominant control, but in Cambodia more direct influence of ENSO associated with Walker circulation is a primal control for isotope. Thirdly for tropical ice cores: reproduction of tropical ice cores by the model is much more difficult than for other two proxies. In addition to horizontally high resolution simulation for isotopes, consideration of isotopic fractionations associated with snow sublimation, snow melt/refreeze, and horizontal transport of snow due to blizzard are necessary.

  14. Persistent 400,000-year variability of Antarctic ice volume and the carbon cycle is revealed throughout the Plio-Pleistocene.

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    de Boer, B; Lourens, Lucas J; van de Wal, Roderik S W

    2014-01-01

    Marine sediment records from the Oligocene and Miocene reveal clear 400,000-year climate cycles related to variations in orbital eccentricity. These cycles are also observed in the Plio-Pleistocene records of the global carbon cycle. However, they are absent from the Late Pleistocene ice-age record over the past 1.5 million years. Here we present a simulation of global ice volume over the past 5 million years with a coupled system of four three-dimensional ice-sheet models. Our simulation shows that the 400,000-year long eccentricity cycles of Antarctica vary coherently with ?(13)C data during the Pleistocene, suggesting that they drove the long-term carbon cycle changes throughout the past 35 million years. The 400,000-year response of Antarctica was eventually suppressed by the dominant 100,000-year glacial cycles of the large ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere. PMID:24385005

  15. Reconstriction of atmospheric carbon dioxide and isotopic carbon-13 dioxide from air occluded in ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica

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    Wahlen, M. [Univ. of California, La Jolla, CA (United States)

    1994-12-31

    Carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) dioxide (CO{sub 2}) mixing ratio and isotopic carbon-13 dioxide {delta}{sup 13}CO{sub 2} was measured in the air extracted form ice cores from Greenland (GISP 2, Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2) and from Antarctica (Vostok). The goals are to determine the phasing between temperature and atmospheric CO{sub 2} changes during periods of different climatic conditions and to gain insight into the mechanisms producing the observed CO{sub 2} variations. Experimentally, the dry extraction technique at low temperature for CO{sub 2} was used. The extracted air is then condensed quickly at 35{degrees}K and subsequently released into a cell, where the CO{sub 2} mixing ratio is determined by tunable diode infrared laser spectroscopy on a single vibrational-rotational transition in the 4.3-micrometer ({mu}m) band by measuring the absorbance relative to standards. Three standards are processed identically to samples with every three samples. The experimental uncertainty is {plus_minus}3 parts per million (ppm). {delta}{sup 13}/CO{sub 2} is measured in duplicate by using a dry air extraction technique similar to Etheridge, Pearman, and de Silva on larger samples. CO{sub 2} is separated cryogenically from the extracted air, and {delta}{sup 13}CO{sub 2} is measured by stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Severe extraction fractionation is observed. It is controlled and accounted for by admitting standard air samples over the ice; the standard air samples are then processed in the same manner as the extracted air samples are then processed in the same manner as the extracted air samples. The {delta}{sup 13}CO{sub 2} results are corrected for nitrous oxide mass interferences and for gravitational fractionation. The experimental uncertainty is better then {plus_minus}0.1 permil. 5 refs., 3 figs.

  16. Ice Core Measurements and GCM Simulation of the Spatial Distribution and Glacial-Interglacial Change of 17O-excess in Antarctica

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    Schoenemann, S.; Ding, Q.; Steig, E.; Schauer, A.

    2012-04-01

    Stable isotope ratios of water in polar precipitation, as measured in ice cores, have been fundamental to the quantification of past climate variability and change. Recent development of techniques to measure the 17O/16O ratio precisely has allowed 17Oexcess to be added to the ice-core isotope toolbox. The combination of ?17O with the conventional measurements of ?18O and ?D - giving the parameter 17Oexcess - provides valuable new information on the evaporative conditions of the oceanic moisture sources for Antarctic precipitation. We measured ?17O and ?18O from a number of Antarctic ice cores (West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide, Siple Dome, Taylor Dome), and determined 17Oexcesson modern, Holocene, and glacial timescales. These results, combined with the work of Landais et al. [2008] and Winkler et al. [2011] at Talos Dome, Dome C, and Vostok, provide the most complete spatial and temporal view of Antarctic 17Oexcess to date. We have added 17Oexcess to the independent isotope modules of two atmospheric general circulation models (CCSM CAM3 and ECHAM4.6). Both models are capable of qualitatively reproducing the observed spatial distribution of modern 17Oexcess in Antarctic precipitation, although our current implementation of CAM3 currently overestimates the average value of 17Oexcess. Simulation of glacial-interglacial changes in ECHAM4.6 also realistically captures the differences in magnitude of the glacial/interglacial changes in 17Oexcess between different ice core sites, with the details dependent on the magnitude of sea ice changes and to a lesser degree the chosen supersaturation parameter. Both models show strong gradients in 17Oexcess at the ocean-sea ice boundary, associated with the strong gradient in near surface water vapor concentration (i.e., the normalized relative humidity). Our results suggest that the low 17Oexcess values found at Talos Dome and Siple Dome reflect their proximity to local moisture sources (e.g. from sea ice leads and polynyas) where evaporation into cold air increases the boundary layer relative humidity, lowering 17Oexcess. Thus, 17Oexcess in Antarctic precipitation is strongly influenced by sea ice cover, and may provide an important constraint on past sea ice variations.

  17. Integration of ice core, marine and terrestrial records: new insights into Holocene atmospheric circulation dynamics over NW Europe

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    Muschitiello, F.; Hammarlund, D.; Wohlfarth, B.

    2012-12-01

    We analyzed the oxygen (?18O) and carbon (?13C) isotope composition of lacustrine carbonates (Chara sp. and Bithynia tentaculata) from a lake sediment sequence (Lake Bjärsträsk) on the island of Gotland, southern Sweden. Our new isotopic records show a significant consistency with existing regional climatic reconstructions, as well as with paleorecords reflecting large-scale circulation dynamics. By comparing our data to ice core records from Greenland and to regional- and global-scale terrestrial and marine climate records, we explore potential couplings of Mid- and Late Holocene extreme summer climate conditions in northwestern Europe to orbital forcing and low-latitude atmospheric circulation dynamics. Specifically, we discuss the relationship between long-term changes in the position of the North Atlantic subtropical front and the frequency of summer blocking anticyclones over southern Sweden. Furthermore, we tentatively outline the spatial structure of predominant modes of atmospheric variability over the North Atlantic sector throughout the Holocene.

  18. Tephra constraints on rapid climatic events (TRACE): new results from the Greenland ice-cores between 25 and 45 ka b2k

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    Bourne, A. J.; Davies, S. M.; Abbott, P. M.; Cook, E.; Griggs, A.; Chapman, M.; Hall, I. R.; Scourse, J. D.; Steffensen, J.; Svensson, A.

    2013-12-01

    The TRACE project aims to utilise tephrochronology to facilitate the high-precision correlation of palaeoclimatic archives preserving a record of the rapid climate changes that characterised the North Atlantic region during the last glacial period. The synchronisation of the Greenland ice-cores to North Atlantic marine records will allow lead/lag relationships between the atmospheric and oceanic systems over these climatic events to be determined and permit an assessment of potential causal mechanisms. Initial investigations of these sequences have focused on the period between 25-45 ka b2k. In the Greenland ice cores 25 tephra layers have been identified within NEEM ice, including a suite of 7 layers that fall between Greenland Interstadial 8 and 9. The NEEM horizons are mostly basaltic in composition. Within the NGRIP ice 34 tephra layers have been identified between 25 and 45 ka BP, including a suite of 13 layers that fall between Greenland Interstadial 8 and 9. Again, basaltic tephra layers dominate, but two rhyolitic and 1 dacitic horizons have also been detected. In both ice cores the basaltic material is predominantly tholeiitic in composition indicating a source from the rift zones of Iceland, with the Grimsvötn and Kverkfjöll systems the most likely sources. One of the NGRIP rhyolitic layers appears to have a source from outside Iceland. Early comparisons of the ice core layers to North Atlantic marine records highlight four potential common tephra horizons, within GS-3 (29,130 × 456 a b2k), GS-9 (38,300 × 703 a b2k), GS-10 (40,220 × 792 a b2k) and GS-12 (43,680 × 877 a b2k). Other potential correlations throughout the period are being explored. We explore all these potential correlations and compare the climatic changes preserved within these cores as constrained by these tephra horizons. Ongoing work on the ice remaining in this time period will allow an assessment of the volcanic frequency to be considered as well as the relationship between volcanic eruptions preserved in the ice cores and climate.

  19. Radon and radium in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean, and what they reveal about gas exchange in the sea ice zone.

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    Loose, B.; Kelly, R. P.; Bigdeli, A.; Moran, S. B.

    2014-12-01

    The polar sea ice zones are regions of high primary productivity and interior water mass formation. Consequently, the seasonal sea ice cycle appears important to both the solubility and biological carbon pumps. To estimate net CO2 transfer in the sea ice zone, we require accurate estimates of the air-sea gas transfer velocity. In the open ocean, the gas transfer velocity is driven by wind, waves and bubbles - all of which are strongly altered by the presence of sea ice, making it difficult to translate open ocean estimates of gas transfer to the ice zone. In this study, we present profiles of 222Rn and 226Ra throughout the mixed-layer and euphotic zone. Profiles were collected spanning a range of sea ice cover conditions from 40 to 100%. The profiles of Rn/Ra can be used to estimate the gas transfer velocity, but the 3.8 day half-life of 222Rn implies that mixed layer radon will have a memory of the past ~20 days of gas exchange forcing, which may include a range of sea ice cover conditions. Here, we compare individual estimates of the gas transfer velocity to the turbulent forcing conditions constrained from shipboard and regional reanalysis data to more appropriately capture the time history upper ocean Rn/Ra.

  20. Searching for soft relativistic jets in core-collapse supernovae with the IceCube optical follow-up program

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    Abbasi, R.; Abdou, Y.; Abu-Zayyad, T.; Ackermann, M.; Adams, J.; Aguilar, J. A.; Ahlers, M.; Allen, M. M.; Altmann, D.; Andeen, K.; Auffenberg, J.; Bai, X.; Baker, M.; Barwick, S. W.; Bay, R.; Bazo Alba, J. L.; Beattie, K.; Beatty, J. J.; Bechet, S.; Becker, J. K.; Becker, K.-H.; Benabderrahmane, M. L.; Benzvi, S.; Berdermann, J.; Berghaus, P.; Berley, D.; Bernardini, E.; Bertrand, D.; Besson, D. Z.; Bindig, D.; Bissok, M.; Blaufuss, E.; Blumenthal, J.; Boersma, D. J.; Bohm, C.; Bose, D.; Böser, S.; Botner, O.; Brown, A. M.; Buitink, S.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Carson, M.; Chirkin, D.; Christy, B.; Clevermann, F.; Cohen, S.; Colnard, C.; Cowen, D. F.; Cruz Silva, A. H.; D'Agostino, M. V.; Danninger, M.; Daughhetee, J.; Davis, J. C.; de Clercq, C.; Degner, T.; Demirörs, L.; Descamps, F.; Desiati, P.; de Vries-Uiterweerd, G.; Deyoung, T.; Díaz-Vélez, J. C.; Dierckxsens, M.; Dreyer, J.; Dumm, J. P.; Dunkman, M.; Eisch, J.; Ellsworth, R. W.; Engdegård, O.; Euler, S.; Evenson, P. A.; Fadiran, O.; Fazely, A. R.; Fedynitch, A.; Feintzeig, J.; Feusels, T.; Filimonov, K.; Finley, C.; Fischer-Wasels, T.; Fox, B. D.; Franckowiak, A.; Franke, R.; Gaisser, T. K.; Gallagher, J.; Gerhardt, L.; Gladstone, L.; Glüsenkamp, T.; Goldschmidt, A.; Goodman, J. A.; Góra, D.; Grant, D.; Griesel, T.; Groß, A.; Grullon, S.; Gurtner, M.; Ha, C.; Haj Ismail, A.; Hallgren, A.; Halzen, F.; Han, K.; Hanson, K.; Heinen, D.; Helbing, K.; Hellauer, R.; Herquet, P.; Hickford, S.; Hill, G. C.; Hoffman, K. D.; Hoffmann, B.; Homeier, A.; Hoshina, K.; Huelsnitz, W.; Hülß, J.-P.; Hulth, P. O.; Hultqvist, K.; Hussain, S.; Ishihara, A.; Jacobi, E.; Jacobsen, J.; Japaridze, G. S.; Johansson, H.; Kampert, K.-H.; Kappes, A.; Karg, T.; Karle, A.; Kenny, P.; Kiryluk, J.; Kislat, F.; Klein, S. R.; Köhne, J.-H.; Kohnen, G.; Kolanoski, H.; Köpke, L.; Kopper, S.; Koskinen, D. J.; Kowalski, M.; Kowarik, T.; Krasberg, M.; Kroll, G.; Kurahashi, N.; Kuwabara, T.; Labare, M.; Laihem, K.; Landsman, H.; Larson, M. J.; Lauer, R.; Lünemann, J.; Madsen, J.; Marotta, A.; Maruyama, R.; Mase, K.; Matis, H. S.; Meagher, K.; Merck, M.; Mészáros, P.; Meures, T.; Miarecki, S.; Middell, E.; Milke, N.; Miller, J.; Montaruli, T.; Morse, R.; Movit, S. M.; Nahnhauer, R.; Nam, J. W.; Naumann, U.; Nygren, D. R.; Odrowski, S.; Olivas, A.; Olivo, M.; O'Murchadha, A.; Panknin, S.; Paul, L.; Pérez de Los Heros, C.; Petrovic, J.; Piegsa, A.; Pieloth, D.; Porrata, R.; Posselt, J.; Price, P. B.; Przybylski, G. T.; Rawlins, K.; Redl, P.; Resconi, E.; Rhode, W.; Ribordy, M.; Richman, M.; Rodrigues, J. P.; Rothmaier, F.; Rott, C.; Ruhe, T.; Rutledge, D.; Ruzybayev, B.; Ryckbosch, D.; Sander, H.-G.; Santander, M.; Sarkar, S.; Schatto, K.; Schmidt, T.; Schönwald, A.; Schukraft, A.; Schultes, A.; Schulz, O.; Schunck, M.; Seckel, D.; Semburg, B.; Seo, S. H.; Sestayo, Y.; Seunarine, S.; Silvestri, A.; Spiczak, G. M.; Spiering, C.; Stamatikos, M.; Stanev, T.; Stezelberger, T.; Stokstad, R. G.; Stössl, A.; Strahler, E. A.; Ström, R.; Stüer, M.; Sullivan, G. W.; Swillens, Q.; Taavola, H.; Taboada, I.; Tamburro, A.; Ter-Antonyan, S.; Tilav, S.; Toale, P. A.; Toscano, S.; Tosi, D.; van Eijndhoven, N.; Vandenbroucke, J.; van Overloop, A.; van Santen, J.; Vehring, M.; Voge, M.; Walck, C.; Waldenmaier, T.; Wallraff, M.; Walter, M.; Weaver, Ch.; Wendt, C.; Westerhoff, S.; Whitehorn, N.; Wiebe, K.; Wiebusch, C. H.; Williams, D. R.; Wischnewski, R.; Wissing, H.; Wolf, M.; Wood, T. R.; Woschnagg, K.; Xu, C.; Xu, D. L.; Xu, X. W.; Yanez, J. P.; Yodh, G.; Yoshida, S.; Zarzhitsky, P.; Zoll, M.; IceCube Collaboration; Akerlof, C. W.; Pandey, S. B.; Yuan, F.; Zheng, W.; ROTSE Collaboration

    2012-03-01

    Context. Transient neutrino sources such as gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and supernovae (SNe) are hypothesized to emit bursts of high-energy neutrinos on a time-scale of ?100 s. While GRB neutrinos would be produced in high relativistic jets, core-collapse SNe might host soft-relativistic jets, which become stalled in the outer layers of the progenitor star leading to an efficient production of high-energy neutrinos. Aims: To increase the sensitivity to these neutrinos and identify their sources, a low-threshold optical follow-up program for neutrino multiplets detected with the IceCube observatory has been implemented. Methods: If a neutrino multiplet, i.e. two or more neutrinos from the same direction within 100 s, is found by IceCube a trigger is sent to the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment, ROTSE. The 4 ROTSE telescopes immediately start an observation program of the corresponding region of the sky in order to detect an optical counterpart to the neutrino events. Results: No statistically significant excess in the rate of neutrino multiplets has been observed and furthermore no coincidence with an optical counterpart was found. Conclusions: The search allows, for the first time, to set stringent limits on current models predicting a high-energy neutrino flux from soft relativistic hadronic jets in core-collapse SNe. We conclude that a sub-population of SNe with typical Lorentz boost factor and jet energy of 10 and 3 × 1051 erg, respectively, does not exceed 4.2% at 90% confidence.

  1. Searching for Soft Relativistic Jets in Core-Collapse Supernovae with the IceCube Optical Follow-up Program

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    Abbasi, R.; Abdou, Y.; Abu-Zayyad, T.; Ackermann, M.; Adams, J.; Aguilar, J. A.; Ahlers, M.; Allen, M. M.; Altmann, D.; Andeen, K.; Auffenberg, J.; Bai, X.; Baker, M.; Barwick, S. W.; Bay, R.; Bazo Alba, J. L.; Beattie, K.; Beatty, J. J.; Bechet, S.; Becker, J. K.; Becker, K. -H.; Benabderrahmane, M. L.; BenZvi, S.; Berdermann, J.; Stamatikos, M.

    2011-01-01

    Context. Transient neutrino sources such as Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) and Supernovae (SNe) are hypothesized to emit bursts of high-energy neutrinos on a time-scale of < or approx.100 s. While GRB neutrinos would be produced in high relativistic jets, core-collapse SNe might host soft-relativistic jets, which become stalled in the outer layers of the progenitor star leading to an efficient production of high-energy neutrinos. Aims. To increase the sensitivity to these neutrinos and identify their sources, a low-threshold optical follow-up program for neutrino multiplets detected with the IceCube observatory has been implemented. Methods. If a neutrino multiplet, i.e. two or more neutrinos from the same direction within 100 s, is found by IceCube a trigger is sent to the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment, ROTSE. The 4 ROTSE telescopes immediately start an observation program of the corresponding region of the sky in order to detect an optical counterpart to the neutrino events. Results. No statistically significant excess in the rate of neutrino multiplets has been observed and furthermore no coincidence with an optical counterpart was found. Conclusions. The search allows, for the first time, to set stringent limits on current models predicting a high-energy neutrino flux from soft relativistic hadronic jets in core-collapse SNe. We conclude that a sub-population of SNe with typical Lorentz boost factor and jet energy of 10 and 3 x 10(exp 51) erg, respectively, does not exceed 4:2% at 90% confidence.

  2. EVIDENCE OF THE CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING AND COOLING: RECURRING GLOBAL, DECADAL, CLIMATE CYCLES RECORDED BY GLACIAL FLUCTUATIONS, ICE CORES, OCEAN TEMPERATURES, HISTORIC MEASUREMENTS AND SOLAR VARIATIONS

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    Don J. Easterbrook

    Abundant physical evidence of recurring global climate cycles over the past centuries is recorded by glacial fluctuations, ice cores, sea surface temperatures, historic measurements, and solar fluctuations. The pattern of naturally occurring, cyclic, climate changes is persistent over the past 500 years and provides a basis for projection of future climate changes. During the past century, glacial fluctuations record global

  3. Isotopic tracing (Sr, Nd, U and Hf) of continental and marine aerosols in an 18th century section of the Dye-3 ice core (Greenland)

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    Stocker, Thomas

    Isotopic tracing (Sr, Nd, U and Hf) of continental and marine aerosols in an 18th century section sea salts strontium neodymium hafnium uranium Determining the sources and pathways of atmospheric of the Dye-3 (1988) ice core from Greenland in the age range of 1786­1793 A.D. Hf isotopic composition

  4. Glacio-chemical study spanning the past 2 kyr on three ice cores from Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica 2. Seasonally resolved chemical records

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    S. Sommer; D. Wagenbach; R. Mulvaney; H. Fischer

    2000-01-01

    The ammonium, calcium, and sodium concentrations from three intermediate depth ice cores drilled in the area of Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica, have been investigated. Since all measurements were performed by a high-resolution Continuous Flow Analysis system, for the first time seasonal signals of chemical trace species could be obtained from the interior of central Antarctica over a period of

  5. Glacio-chemical study spanning the past 2 kyr on three ice cores from Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica 1. Annually resolved accumulation rates

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    S. Sommer; C. Appenzeller; R. Röthlisberger; M. A. Hutterli; B. Stauffer; D. Wagenbach; H. Oerter; F. Wilhelms; H. Miller; R. Mulvaney

    2000-01-01

    For the first time, annually resolved accumulation rates have been determined in central Antarctica by means of counting seasonal signals of ammonium, calcium, and sodium. All records, obtained from three intermediate depth ice cores from Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica, show rather constant accumulation rates throughout the last 9 centuries with mean values of 63, 61, and 44 mm H2Oyr-1

  6. The speed and timing of climate change: Detailed ice core stable isotope records from NorthGRIP, Greenland and Mt. Moulton, West Antarctica

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    Trevor J. Popp

    2008-01-01

    Objective projections of future climate change require a detailed understanding of the natural variability and behavior of the climate system observed in the past. This dissertation endeavors to characterize the speed and timing of past climate changes on both orbital and extremely abrupt time scales from new high-resolution stable isotope time series from ice cores collected at NorthGRIP in Greenland

  7. Pre-LGM ice dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet in Uummannaq Fjord West Greenland, revealed by blockfields, tors and till mantled surfaces

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    Rea, Brice; Roberts, David; Lane, Tim; Rhodés, Angel; Schnabel, Christoph

    2013-04-01

    The future response of the Greenland Ice Sheet has been the focus of much recent modelling work but in order to fully understand the dynamics of this ice mass it is also imperative that the past behaviour of the ice sheet is understood. Indeed it is only through successful hindcasts of past ice geometries and dynamics that confidence in predictions can be achieved. In most glaciated environments determining ice dynamics prior to the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) and subsequent deglaciation are non-trivial. They rely on fortuitous preservation, more restricted ice cover at LGM than previously or protective cold based ice cover. Here results are presented from hypsometric surfaces in the Uummannaq Fjord region of West Greenland which can provide constrains on the dynamics of ice cover prior to and including the LGM. Uummanaq Fjord is a classic landscape of selective linear erosion containing deeply incised troughs juxtaposed with high elevation plateau where relief approaches 3 km in places. Excavations were made in a number of summit blockfields with samples collected. Results from a morphometric landscape analyses a presented, using both landscape hypsometry and an elevation-range slope-map approach to identify hypsometric surfaces. The hypsometric surfaces are divided into those which are now denuded and classified as regions of areal scour, those with a blockfield cover and areas which are still ice covered. A number of sites have been visited and excavations were made into blockfields. Data are presented indicating minimum depths, granulometry and mineralogy of blockfields which allowed a further subdivision into allochthonous and autochotonous blockfields. Samples were also collected for cosmogenic nuclide exposure analyses and indicate that blockfield boulders and tors exhibit ages extending significantly beyond the LGM. Based on equilibrium profile reconstructions of the LGM ice sheet (constrained by onshore and offshore geomorphology and cosmogenic and 14C ages) the history of the summits and thus ice dynamics through the last glacial cycle are inferred e.g. a maximum exposure age of 121 ka is determined for the inner fjord on the Nuussuaq at almost 1200 m while a maximum of 87 ka is determined for Ubekendt Ejland at 1150 m. Given the positive feedback towards summit isolation and landscape preservation associated with selective linear erosion implications for longer term ice dynamics and landscape evolution are discussed.

  8. Brittle fractures in AND-1B core, McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica: A record of Neogene rifting or glaciotectonic deformation?

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    Wilson, T.; Paulsen, T.; Millan, C.; Lauefer, A.; McKay, R.; Team, A. S.

    2008-12-01

    The ANDRILL geological drilling program retrieved a 1285-m-long core (AND1B) from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica, in 2006-07. The drillsite is inferred to lie within the Terror Rift, a regional Neogene rift basin in the western Ross Sea, hence normal faulting and related tectonic deformation is expected to be present in the core. Sequence stratigraphic analysis has identified ~60 unconformity-bounded cycles in the core, with each base interpreted to mark erosion and subglacial deposition by an advancing Ross Ice Sheet, hence glaciotectonic deformation is also expected in the core. Systematic fracture logging of the AND-1B core identified 1,475 'natural fractures', i.e. pre-existing fractures in the rock intersected by coring. The most abundant natural fractures are normal faults and calcite veins; reverse faults, brecciated zones, and sedimentary intrusions are also present. Here we compare fracture distribution, density, type and orientation (where known) to the positions of glacial erosion surfaces in the core, together with initial information on the conditions of deformation from microstructural analysis, to discriminate rift-related from glaciotectonic formation of natural fractures in AND-1B core.

  9. Stable-isotope studies on ice cores and snow pits in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, covering the past 2000 years

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    Oerter, H.; Kipfstuhl, S.; Wilhelms, F.

    2012-12-01

    During the past 15 years various ice cores were drilled at and upstream of Kohnen station (75.0017 S, 0.0678 E, 2882 m a.s.l.) Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica, supplemented by snow pit studies. These data sets of stable-isotope data (18O, D, deuterium excess d) are available over various time periods displaying centennial and strong decadal variations. 5 ice cores are used to create staked profiles of the deviation of the 18O content from the mean of the period 1259-1816 (an interval well defined by 2 unique volcanic events) for the time slices of the past 2000 and 200 years. For the past 50 years data from various shallow firn cores and snow pits in the area will be presented. The used reference period for the short term studies is 1961-1990. ?18O values may be converted to temperature with the local gradient of 0.77 ?18O-‰/°C. The Common Era follows the Roman period which is characterised by isotope values or temperatures, respectively, higher than observed in the 2000 years afterwards until today. The so-called medieval optimum around 1050-1250 is recognisable. The so-called Little Ice Age, which is attributed to the period 1650-1850 in the Northern hemisphere, is not clearly displayed. Overall, a slight cooling (0.008 ?18O-‰/100a) is evident within the Common Era until 1900. In the time slice of the past 200 years the coldest period occurred between 1875 and 1900. During the 20th century the isotope content and thus the air temperature have been increasing (0.88 ?18O-‰/100a) and reached values in the first decade of the 21st century clearly higher than around 1800 and before. The 1940ies formed the coldest decade in the 20th century, another relative minimum appeared in the 1980ies. The time series with shallow firn cores and snow pits stop at 2008 CE. For the past 50 years it is not possible to determine a trend unambiguously. This is due to the decadal variations and the shortness of the time series from single pits and shallow cores. However, if one compares 50years means for the past 2500 years, the half-century mean value for 1950-2000 (0.644 ?18O-‰ deviation from 1259-1816 average) was only exceeded twice, which happened in the Roman period. Averaging over 1955-2005 one gets the highest value (0.774 ?18O-‰ deviation) in the Common Era. Part if this work was carried out within the ESF PolarCLIMATE project HOLOCLIP with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

  10. Mystery Montage: A Holistic, Visual, and Kinesthetic Process for Expanding Horizons and Revealing the Core of a Teaching Philosophy

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    Ennis, Kim; Priebe, Carly; Sharipova, Mayya; West, Kim

    2012-01-01

    Revealing the core of a teaching philosophy is the key to a concise and meaningful philosophy statement, but it can be an elusive goal. This paper offers a visual, kinesthetic, and holistic process for expanding the horizons of self-reflection, self-analysis, and self-knowledge. Mystery montage, a variation of visual mapping, storyboarding, and…

  11. Iron and titanium geochemistry for paleoclimate reconstruction from Talos Dome ice core (East Antarctica)

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    Maggi, Valter; Marcelli, Augusto; Hampai, Dariush; Cibin, Giannantonio; Delmonte, Barbara; Baccolo, Giovanni

    2015-04-01

    Mineral dust affects the Earth's radiation budget. It can both scatter sunlight back to space (negative radiative forcing) and absorb solar and infrared radiation (positive forcing). Thus, in opposition to the greenhouse gases, the combination of absorption and reflection of solar radiation caused by dust microparticles can lead to a net (longwave and shortwave) negative radiative forcing at the surface and at the top of atmosphere. Transported from the Southern Hemisphere continental landmasses to the remote East Antarctic plateau (long-term transport), mineral dust travels in the high troposphere and interacts with climate. However, processes occurring during atmospheric transport from source areas to polar ice sheets are responsible for the strong reduction of dust concentration and size in the polar atmosphere. Moreover, concentration and grain size, such as mineralogy and shape of dust and aerosols, influencing the dust radiative effect are still poorly known. We present here new Synchrotron radiation spectroscopy data, i.e., X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) at the Fe and Ti K edge from Talos Dome dust samples (72°49'S, 159°110'E; 2315 m a.s.l.) spanning the last two climate cycles (ca. 250 kyrs). The analysis allows the reconstruction of dust geochemistry and Fe and Ti coordination state in selected climatic periods. Dust composition changes in time provide an important contribution to the scientific knowledge on palaeoclimate changes in near coastal regions of the Antarctic ice sheet and novel information on possible changes occurred at the source areas.

  12. Sources and transport of dust to East Antarctica: new insights from high-resolution terrestrial and marine aerosol records from the Talos Dome ice core

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    Schüpbach, S.; Federer, U.; Albani, S.; Barbante, C.; Stocker, T. F.; Fischer, H.

    2013-06-01

    In this study we report on new non-sea salt calcium (nssCa2+, mineral dust proxy) and sea salt sodium (ssNa+, sea ice proxy) records along the East Antarctic Talos Dome deep ice core in centennial resolution reaching back 150 thousand years before present. During glacial conditions nssCa2+ fluxes in Talos Dome are strongly related to temperature as has been observed before in other deep Antarctic ice core records, and has been associated with synchronous changes in the main source region (southern South America) during climate variations in the last glacial. However, during warmer climate conditions Talos Dome mineral dust input is clearly elevated compared to other records mainly due to the contribution of additional local dust sources in the Ross Sea area. Based on a simple transport model we compare nssCa2+ fluxes of different East Antarctic ice cores. From this multi-site comparison we conclude that changes in transport efficiency or atmospheric lifetime of dust particles do have a minor effect compared to source strength changes on the large scale concentration changes observed in Antarctic ice cores during climate variations of the past 150 thousand years. Our transport model applied on ice core data only so far is further validated by climate model data. The availability of multiple East Antarctic nssCa2+ records allows for a revision of a former estimate on the atmospheric CO2 sensitivity to reduced dust induced iron fertilisation in the Southern Ocean (SO) during the transition from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene (T1). While the former estimate based on the EDC record only suggested 20 ppm, we find reduced dust induced iron fertilisation in the SO to be responsible for up to 40 ppm of the total atmospheric CO2 increase during T1. During the last interglacial, ssNa+ levels of EDC and EDML are only half of the Holocene levels, in line with higher temperatures during that period, indicating much reduced sea ice extent in the Atlantic as well as the Indian Ocean sector of the SO. In contrast, Holocene ssNa+ flux in Talos Dome is about the same as during the last interglacial, indicating that there was similar ice cover present in the Ross Sea area during MIS 5.5 as during the Holocene.

  13. The effect of acidified sample storage time on the determination of trace element concentration in ice cores by ICP-SFMS

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    Uglietti, C.; Gabrielli, P.; Lutton, A.; Olesik, J.; Thompson, L. G.

    2012-12-01

    Trace elements in micro-particles entrapped in ice cores are a valuable proxy of past climate and environmental variations. Inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometry (ICP-SFMS) is generally recognized as a sensitive and accurate technique for the quantification of ultra-trace element concentrations in ice cores. Usually, ICP-SFMS analyses of ice core samples are performed by melting and acidifying aliquots. Acidification is important to transfer trace elements from particles into solution by partial and/or complete dissolution. Only elements in solution and in sufficiently small particles will be vaporized and converted to elemental ions in the plasma for detection by ICP-SFMS. However, experimental results indicate that differences in acidified sample storage time at room temperature may lead to the recovery of different trace element fractions. Moreover, different lithologies of the relatively abundant crustal material entrapped in the ice matrix could also influence the fraction of trace elements that are converted into elemental ions in the plasma. These factors might affect the determination of trace elements concentrations in ice core samples and hamper the comparison of results obtained from ice cores from different locations and/or epochs. In order to monitor the transfer of elements from particles into solution in acidified melted ice core samples during storage, a test was performed on sections from nine ice cores retrieved from low latitude drilling sites around the world. When compared to ice cores from polar regions, these samples are characterized by a relative high content of micro-particles that may leach trace elements into solution differently. Of the nine ice cores, five are from the Tibetan Plateau (Dasuopu, Guliya, Naimonanyi, Puruogangri and Dunde), two from the Andes (Quelccaya and Huascaran), one from Africa (Kilimanjaro) and one from the Eastern Alps (Ortles). These samples were decontaminated by triple rinsing, melted and stored in pre-cleaned low-density polyethylene bottles, and kept frozen until acidification (2% v/v ultra-pure HNO3). Determination of twenty trace elements (Ag, Al, As, Bi, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Pb, Rb, Sb, Sn, Ti, Tl, U, V, and Zn) was repeated at different times after acidification using the same aliquot. Analyses show a mean increase of 40-50% in trace element concentration in all the samples during the first 15 days of storage after acidification, except Al, Fe, V and Cr, which show a larger increase (90-100%). After 15 days the trace element concentrations reach generally stable values (with small increases within measurement uncertainty), except for the Naimonanyi and Kilimanjaro samples which continue to increase. In contrast, Ag concentration decreases after one week, likely due to its low stability in the acidified solution that may depend on the Cl- concentration. We froze the samples 43 days after the acidification. After two weeks the samples were melted and re-analyzed by ICP-SFMS in two different laboratories as an inter-calibration exercise. The results show a good correspondence between the measured concentrations determined by the two instruments and a consistent additional increase of 20-30% of measured trace element concentrations in almost all samples.

  14. Radio-wave depolarization and scattering within ice sheets: a matrix-based model to link radar and ice-core measurements and its application

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    Shuji Fujita; Hideo Maeno; Kenichi Matsuoka

    2006-01-01

    Crystal-orientation fabric (COF) has a large influence on ice-sheet flow. Earlier radar studies have shown that COF-based birefringence occurs within ice sheets. Radio-wave scattering in polar ice results from changing physical properties of permittivity and conductivity that arise from differing values of density, acidity and COF. We present an improved mathematical model that can handle all these phenomena together. We

  15. Pleistocene ice streaming and marine-margin breakup revealed by multibeam bathymetry data: The Minch, NW Scotland

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    Bradwell, Tom; Stoker, Martyn

    2013-04-01

    Extensive dynamically driven breakup and rapid ice loss is currently ongoing at tidewater margins of the Greenland and Antarctica Ice Sheets, yet few good analogues from the palaeo-record exist. Using ca. 55,000 km2 of echosounder bathymetry data from the continental shelf around NW Scotland we have mapped submarine glacial landforms relating to an ice sheet that covered much of the continental shelf during the Late Pleistocene and had extensive tidewater margins. Focusing on new multibeam bathymetry from the inner part of the shelf (The Minch), we present seabed geomorphological evidence showing breakup of a large marine portion of a palaeo-ice stream within the British-Irish Ice Sheet. Clearly defined, well preserved glacial lineations, elongate bedforms and seabed drumlins indicate former fast flow of a grounded palaeo-ice stream in a northerly direction in The Minch. In addition, the absence of moraines and grounding-line features deposited during ice sheet retreat and the abundance of large overprinted iceberg scours collectively indicate rapid marine-margin breakup by flotation and thinning. We suggest that this marine-margin breakup event was probably driven by unstable ice sheet retreat into shoreward deepening water and was inextricably linked with the abrupt demise of The Minch palaeo-ice stream. Importantly, this new evidence indicates that potentially large areas of the ice sheet margin were floating at times during British-Irish Ice Sheet retreat on the continental shelf. Ongoing work is seeking to date the timing of ice sheet breakup and ice stream demise in northern Scotland.

  16. CU Study of Ice Age Sediment Cores Hint Climate Change on Earth Could Be Extreme

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    This press release summarizes the results of research on sediment cores taken from the subtropical Atlantic Ocean. Analyses of organic molecules from planktonic algae in the sediments indicates that large and abrupt temperature changes in warm areas of the ocean occurred at the end of the last glacial period.

  17. Unravelling source regions of ice rafted debris within three NE Atlantic marine sediment cores during the deglacial interval: a multi-proxy approach

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    Small, David; Hibbert, Fiona; Austin, Bill

    2010-05-01

    Ice-rafted debris (IRD) within marine sediments of the North Atlantic provide an important archive of glacial activity on adjacent landmasses and attest to the activity of multiple calving ice margins during the last glacial cycle. IRD records therefore provide a means to reconstruct ice sheet dynamics and their interaction with the climate system, providing evidence of both the source of the ice and the location of melting (e.g. Ruddiman, 1977; Bond and Lotti, 1995). The complex interaction of the circum-Atlantic ice sheets and limitations of individual techniques often hinders firm source designations (i.e. IRD may be derived from multiple sources which cannot be differentiated by, for example, visual characterisation). Initial work identified diagnostic grain types that could be attributed to source areas of palaeo ice-sheets (eg: Bond & Lotti 1995) however, for the BIS, "diagnostic" basalt may be derived from sources to the east and west of the cores (Hibbert et al 2009, Scourse et al 2009). We therefore, utilise a multi-proxy approach to investigate the deglacial dynamics of the last British Ice Sheet (BIS) using inter alia lithic characterisation, fluxes of IRD to the core sites, magnetic susceptibility and a magnetic un-mixing model. A novel application of major element geochemistry of garnets contained within ice-rafted debris of the three high resolution marine sediment cores is presented. Garnets can be used to infer provenance (e.g. Oliver 2001) as major element composition may be assigned to specific metamorphic terranes. The IRD present within these cores is believed to be predominantly sourced from the BIS (cf: Knutz et al 2001, Hibbert et al 2009). This assertion is tested through multiple analytical techniques used and replication of records across the Hebridean shelf into the deep ocean. References • Bond, G.C. & Lotti, R., 1995. Iceberg discharges into the North Atlantic on millennial timescales during the last glaciation. Science 267. pp. 1005-1010. • Hibbert, F.D., Austin, W.E.N., Leng, M.J. and Gatliff, R.W., 2009. British Ice Sheet Dynamics inferred from North Atlantice ice-rafted debris records spanning the last 175,000 years. Journal of Quaternary Science. ISSN 0267-8179. • Knutz, P.C., Austin, W.E.N. and Jones, E.J.W., 2001. Millenial-scale depositional cycles related to British Ice Sheet variability and North Atlantic paleocirculation since 45kyr B.P., Barra Fan, U.K. margin. Paleoceanography 16. pp.53-64. • Oliver, G.J.H., 2001. Reconstruction of the Grampian episode in Scotland: it's place in the Caledonian Orogeny. Tectonphysics 332. pp.23-49. • Ruddiman, W.F., 1977. Late Quaternary deposition of ice-rafted sand in the sub-polar North Atlantic (lat 40° to 65°). Geological Society of America Bulletin 88. pp.1813-1821. • Scourse, J.D., Haapaniemi, A.I., Colmenero-Hidalgo, E., Peck, V.L., Hall, I.R., Austin, W.E.N., Knutz, P.C. and Zahn, R., 2009. Growth, dynamics and deglaciation of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet: the deep-sea ice-rafted detritus record. Quaternary Science Reviews 28. pp.3066-3084.

  18. Planck Early Results: The Galactic Cold Core Population revealed by the first all-sky survey

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    P. A. R. Ade; N. Aghanim; M. Arnaud; M. Ashdown; J. Aumont; C. Baccigalupi; A. Balbi; A. J. Banday; R. B. Barreiro; J. G. Bartlett; E. Battaner; K. Benabed; A. Benoît; J.-P. Bernard; M. Bersanelli; R. Bhatia; J. J. Bock; A. Bonaldi; J. R. Bond; J. Borrill; F. Boulanger; M. Bucher; C. Burigana; P. Cabella; C. M. Cantalupo; J.-F. Cardoso; A. Catalano; L. Cayón; A. Challinor; A. Chamballu; R.-R. Chary; L.-Y Chiang; P. R. Christensen; D. L. Clements; S. Colombi; F. Couchot; A. Coulais; B. P. Crill; F. Cuttaia; L. Danese; R. D. Davies; R. J. Davis; P. de Bernardis; G. de Gasperis; A. de Rosa; G. de Zotti; J. Delabrouille; J.-M. Delouis; F.-X. Désert; C. Dickinson; K. Dobashi; S. Donzelli; O. Doré; U. Dörl; M. Douspis; X. Dupac; G. Efstathiou; T. A. Ensslin; E. Falgarone; F. Finelli; O. Forni; M. Frailis; E. Franceschi; S. Galeotta; K. Ganga; M. Giard; G. Giardino; Y. Giraud-Héraud; J. González-Nuevo; K. M. Górski; S. Gratton; A. Gregorio; A. Gruppuso; F. K. Hansen; D. Harrison; G. Helou; S. Henrot-Versillé; D. Herranz; S. R. Hildebrandt; E. Hivon; M. Hobson; W. A. Holmes; W. Hovest; R. J. Hoyland; K. M. Huffenberger; A. H. Jaffe; G. Joncas; W. C. Jones; M. Juvela; E. Keihänen; R. Keskitalo; T. S. Kisner; R. Kneissl; L. Knox; H. Kurki-Suonio; G. Lagache; J.-M. Lamarre; A. Lasenby; R. J. Laureijs; C. R. Lawrence; S. Leach; R. Leonardi; C. Leroy; M. Linden-Vornle; M. López-Caniego; P. M. Lubin; J. F. Macías-Pérez; C. J. MacTavish; B. Maffei; N. Mandolesi; R. Mann; M. Maris; D. J. Marshall; P. Martin; E. Martínez-González; G. Marton; S. Masi; S. Matarrese; F. Matthai; P. Mazzotta; P. McGehee; A. Melchiorri; L. Mendes; A. Mennella; S. Mitra; M.-A. Miville-Deschênes; A. Moneti; L. Montier; G. Morgante; D. Mortlock; D. Munshi; A. Murphy; P. Naselsky; F. Nati; P. Natoli; C. B. Netterfield; H. U. Norgaard-Nielsen; F. Noviello; D. Novikov; I. Novikov; S. Osborne; F. Pajot; R. Paladini; F. Pasian; G. Patanchon; T. J. Pearson; V.-M. Pelkonen; O. Perdereau; L. Perotto; F. Perrotta; F. Piacentini; M. Piat; S. Plaszczynski; E. Pointecouteau; G. Polenta; N. Ponthieu; T. Poutanen; G. Prézeau; S. Prunet; J.-L. Puget; W. T. Reach; R. Rebolo; M. Reinecke; C. Renault; S. Ricciardi; T. Riller; I. Ristorcelli; G. Rocha; C. Rosset; M. Rowan-Robinson; J. A. Rubiño-Martín; B. Rusholme; M. Sandri; D. Santos; G. Savini; D. Scott; M. D. Seiffert; G. F. Smoot; J.-L. Starck; F. Stivoli; V. Stolyarov; R. Sudiwala; J.-F. Sygnet; J. A. Tauber; L. Terenzi; L. Toffolatti; M. Tomasi; J.-P. Torre; V. Toth; M. Tristram; J. Tuovinen; G. Umana; L. Valenziano; P. Vielva; F. Villa; N. Vittorio; L. A. Wade; B. D. Wandelt; N. Ysard; D. Yvon; A. Zacchei; S. Zahorecz; A. Zonca

    2011-01-01

    We present the statistical properties of the first version of the Cold Core Catalogue of Planck Objects (C3PO), in terms of their spatial distribution, temperature, distance, mass, and morphology. We also describe the statistics of the Early Cold Core Catalogue (ECC, delivered with the Early Release Compact Source Catalogue, ERCSC) that is the subset of the 915 most reliable detections

  19. Hidden carbon in Earth's inner core revealed by shear softening in dense Fe7C3.

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    Chen, Bin; Li, Zeyu; Zhang, Dongzhou; Liu, Jiachao; Hu, Michael Y; Zhao, Jiyong; Bi, Wenli; Alp, E Ercan; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, Paul; Li, Jie

    2014-12-16

    Earth's inner core is known to consist of crystalline iron alloyed with a small amount of nickel and lighter elements, but the shear wave (S wave) travels through the inner core at about half the speed expected for most iron-rich alloys under relevant pressures. The anomalously low S-wave velocity (vS) has been attributed to the presence of liquid, hence questioning the solidity of the inner core. Here we report new experimental data up to core pressures on iron carbide Fe7C3, a candidate component of the inner core, showing that its sound velocities dropped significantly near the end of a pressure-induced spin-pairing transition, which took place gradually between 10 GPa and 53 GPa. Following the transition, the sound velocities increased with density at an exceptionally low rate. Extrapolating the data to the inner core pressure and accounting for the temperature effect, we found that low-spin Fe7C3 can reproduce the observed vS of the inner core, thus eliminating the need to invoke partial melting or a postulated large temperature effect. The model of a carbon-rich inner core may be consistent with existing constraints on the Earth's carbon budget and would imply that as much as two thirds of the planet's carbon is hidden in its center sphere. PMID:25453077

  20. Trace Element Determination from the Guliya Ice Core to Characterize Aerosol Deposition over the Western Tibetan Plateau during the Last 500 Years

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    Sierra Hernandez, R.; Gabrielli, P.; Beaudon, E.; Wegner, A.; Thompson, L. G.

    2014-12-01

    The Tibetan Plateau or Third Pole covers over 5 million km2, and has ~46,000 glaciers that collectively contain one of the Earth's largest stores of fresh water. The Guliya ice cap located in the western Kunlun Shan on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China, is the largest (> 200 km2) ice cap in the subtropical zone. In 1992, a 308.6 m ice core to bedrock was recovered from the Guliya ice cap. The deepest 20 meters yielded the first record extending back through the last glacial cycle found outside of the Polar Regions. Because of its continental location on the northwestern side of the Tibetan Plateau, the atmospheric circulation over the Guliya ice cap is dominated by westerly air flow from the Eurasian region. Therefore the site is expected to be unaffected by the fallout of anthropogenic trace metals originating from the inner Asian continent and rather may serve to characterize trace metal emissions from the western countries. Here we present preliminary results of the determination of 29 trace elements, Rb, Sr, Nb, Mo, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Cs, Ba, Ta, Tl, Pb, Bi, U, Li, Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, and As, from Guliya ice core samples spanning the period 1500 - 1992 AD at seasonal (1750-1992 AD) and annual (1500-1750 AD) resolution. This Guliya trace element record will complement the developing records from the Dasuopu glacier, central Himalaya, and from the Puruogangri ice cap in the western Tanggula Shan in central Tibetan Plateau, which in contrast to Guliya are influenced by the monsoon. We investigate the possible sources both natural and anthropogenic of atmospheric trace elements and their fluxes over the Tibetan Plateau during the last 500 years.

  1. Ice core evidence of rapid air temperature increases since 1960 in alpine areas of the Wind River Range, Wyoming, United States

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    Naftz, D.L.; Susong, D.D.; Schuster, P.F.; Cecil, L.D.; Dettinger, M.D.; Michel, R.L.; Kendall, C.

    2002-01-01

    Site-specific transfer functions relating delta oxygen 18 (??18O) values in snow to the average air temperature (TA) during storms on Upper Fremont Glacier (UFG) were used in conjunction with ??18O records from UFG ice cores to reconstruct long-term trends in air temperature from alpine areas in the Wind River Range, Wyoming. Transfer functions were determined by using data collected from four seasonal snowpacks (1989-1990, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, and 1999-2000). The timing and amount of each storm was determined from an automated snowpack telemetry (SNOTEL) site, 22 km northeast of UFG, and ???1060 m in elevation below UFG. Statistically significant and positive correlations between ??18O values in the snow and TA were consistently found in three of the four seasonal snowpacks. The snowpack with the poor correlation was deposited in 1997-1998 during the 1997-1998 El Nin??o Southern Oscillation (ENSO). An ultrasonic snow-depth sensor installed on UFG provided valuable insights into site-specific storms and postdepositional processes that occur on UFG. The timing of storms recorded at the UFG and Cold Springs SNOTEL sites were similar; however, selected storms did not correlate. Snow from storms occurring after mid-October and followed by high winds was most susceptible to redeposition of snow. This removal of lower temperature snowfall could potentially bias the ??18O values preserved in ice core records to environmental conditions reflecting higher air temperatures and lower wind speeds. Transfer functions derived from seasonal snow cover on UFG were used to reconstruct TA values from ??18O values determined from two ice cores collected from UFG. Reconstructed air temperatures from the ice core data indicate an increase in TA of ???3.5??C from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s in the alpine areas of northwestern Wyoming. Reconstructed TA from the ice core records between the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA), mid-1800s, and the early 1990s indicate a TA increase of ???5??C. The historically reconstructed TA values from the UFG were significantly higher than the global average observed during the 20th Century but were in agreement with TA increases observed at selected, high-altitude and high-latitude sites in other parts of the world. Additional research is required to determine if part of the observed trend toward heavier ??18O values in ice from the UFG since the LIA (and increased TA) is due to an increased proportion of snowfall from southerly storm tracks and moisture sources, as seems to have been the situation in 1997-1998. Copyright 2002 by the American Geophysical Union.

  2. Environmental history of Lago di Tovel, Trento, Italy, revealed by sediment cores and 3.5 kHz seismic mapping

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    Gilli, Adrian

    form 22 March 2005 Key words: Landslide, Mass movement, Mountain lake, Sediment distribution, Seismic survey Abstract Proxy data from a total of 30 sediment cores and information from a seismic survey show by slope dynamics of its mountainous catchment. The lake represents a dead-ice lake with pro

  3. Sensitivity of atmospheric oxidation chemistry to climate inferred from Greenland ice core records of ?17O(NO3-)

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    Geng, L.; Alexander, B.; Murray, L. T.

    2014-12-01

    The oxygen-17 excess of atmospheric nitrate (?17O(NO3-)) is indicative of the relative abundances of oxidants (O3/HOx, where HOx = OH + HO2 + RO2) in the troposphere at the time of nitrate formation, with larger O3/HOx ratios leading to larger values of ?17O(NO3-). The preservation of nitrate in polar ice sheets can thus be used to retrieve information related to past changes in local and/or regional tropospheric oxidation chemistry, contributing to the understanding of atmospheric chemistry and climate interactions. We measured ?17O(NO3-) in ice core samples from the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2), covering the Holocene and the last glacial periods, as well as two Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) events in the last glacial period. The values of ?17O(NO3-) are higher in the glacial period compared to during the Holocene. In addition, ?17O(NO3-) changes abruptly by as much as 3 ‰ in ~100 years during these two DO events, suggesting a high sensitivity of O3/HOx to climate in the mid- to high northern latitudes. The observations suggest a general relationship between tropospheric O3/HOx ratios and climate, with larger O3/HOx ratios in colder climates compared to during warmer climates. High resolution measurements during the two DO events further indicate a second regime that in relatively warm climates, the O3/HOxratios decrease with decreasing temperature. We hypothesize that the switch between the two regimes is due to changes in the relative importance of 1) surface emissions and chemistry, and 2) stratosphere-troposphere exchange (STE) for tropospheric O3/HOx in the mid- to high northern latitudes. Surface emissions and chemistry dominate variability in tropospheric O3/HOx in relatively warm climates. In colder climates, changes in STE become dominant for the observed variability in tropospheric O3/HOx in the mid- to high northern latitudes. Prior calculations from global chemistry-climate models are qualitatively consistent with this hypothesis.

  4. Atmospheric variability of methyl chloride during the last 300 years from an Antarctic ice core and firn air

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    Saltzman, Eric

    -ice transition zone, the interstitial air is isolated and locked within the ice as bubbles. The firn column acts as a low-pass filter, smoothing variations in the atmospheric composition of a gas over decadal time scales

  5. Regulation of dense core release from neuroendocrine cells revealed by imaging single exocytic events

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    J. K. Angleson; A. J. Cochilla; G. Kilic; I. Nussinovitch; W. J. Betz

    1999-01-01

    Using FM1-43 fluorescence, we have optically detected single exocytic and endocytic events in rat pituitary lactotrophs. About fifty discrete fluorescent spots abruptly appear around the entire surface of a cell bathed in FM1-43 and high-potassium saline. The spots, which also immunostain for prolactin, reflect the labeling of dense cores as well as membranes of exocytosed secretory granules. Stained cores are

  6. Geomorphic change detection using repetitive topographic surveys and DEMs of Differences: Implementation for short-term transformation of the ice-cored moraines in the Petuniabukta, Svalbard

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    Tomczyk, Aleksandra; Ewertowski, Marek

    2015-04-01

    The exposed glacial forelands are supposed to be intensively transformed by geomorphological processes due to the paraglacial adjustment of the topography. To recognize how high is the activity of such processes, we monitored the transformation rates of ice-cored moraines on the forelands of two glaciers, Ebbabreen and Ragnarbreen, both of which are located near the Petuniabukta at the northern end of the Billefjorden. The main objectives were to: (1) analyse the spatial and temporal aspects of debris flow activity in cm-scale, (2) quantify the short-term (seasonal and intra-seasonal) rate of volume changes, (3) compare transformations of the ice-cored moraine surfaces due to active geomorphic processes (including dead-ice backwasting and debris mass movements) with transformations caused by dead-ice downwasting only. The short-term (yearly and weekly) dynamics of mass-wasting processes were studied in a cm-scale using repetitive topographic scanning. In total, four different locations were scanned, containing seven active debris flows or other mass wasting processes, and including non-active surfaces. Sites were chosen to ensure representation from different parts of the end moraine, different types of dominant processes (debris flows, debris falls, etc.) as well as different types of morphology (exposed ice cliffs, steep debris slope, gentle debris flows lobes, etc.). Altogether, the total scanned area was about 14,200 m2, of which 5,500 m2 were transformed by the active mass movement processes. Ten measurement sessions were carried out: three in summer of 2012, three in summer of 2013, and four in summer of 2014, which allowed for assessing the seasonal (annual) and intra-seasonal (weekly) variations. The results of the surveys in the form of cloud points were used to generate digital elevation models (DEMs) with cell size 0.05 m. Subtracting DEMs from subsequent time periods created DEMs of Differences - DoDs, which enabled us to investigate the volume of and spatial patterns of transformations. The surveys indicate high dynamic rates of landforms' transformations. The mean annual volume loss of sediments and dead-ice for the most active parts of the moraines was up to 1.8 m a-1. However, most of the transformation occurred during summer, with the short-term values of mean elevation changes as high as -104 mm/day. In comparison, the dynamics of the other (i.e. non-active) parts of the ice-cored moraines were much lower, namely, the mean annual lowering (attributed mainly to dead-ice downwasting) was up to 0.3 m a-1, whereas lowering during summer was up to 8 mm/day. Our results indicate that in the case of the studied glaciers, backwasting was much more effective than downwasting in terms of landscape transformation in the glacier forelands. However, despite the high activity of localised mass movement processes, the overall short-term dynamic of ice-cored moraines for the studied glaciers was relatively low. We suggest that as long as debris cover is sufficiently thick (thicker than the permafrost's active layer depths), the mass movement activity would occur only under specific topographic conditions and/or due to occurrence of external meltwater sources and slope undercutting. In the other areas, ice-cored moraines remain a stable landsystem component in a yearly to decadal time-scale. Our results support the hypothesis of a spatio-temporal switching between stable and active conditions within an ice-marginal environment. The project was funded by the Polish National Science Centre as granted by decision number DEC-2011/01/D/ST10/06494.

  7. Initial measurements of CO2 concentrations (1530 to 1940 AD) in air occluded in the GISP 2 Ice Core from central Greenland

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    Wahlen, M.; Allen, D.; Deck, B.; Herchenroder, A.

    Initial measurements of CO2 in the air of bubbles in the GISP 2 (Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2) ice core were performed using a dry extraction technique and tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The record spans the years 1530 to 1940, and includes part of the little ice age. Absolute dating of the air was obtained from the location of the 14CO2 bomb peak in the bubble air, relative dating from the seasonal variations of H218O and electro-conductivity. The results for preindustrial times indicate constant atmospheric CO2 levels of 280±5 ppmv between 1530 and 1810 AD. Thereafter the concentrations rise rather abruptly. The record smoothly connects to the direct atmospheric observations from Mauna Loa.

  8. Near-Melting Condition of the Inner Core Boundary Revealed from Antipodal Seismic Waves

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    Cormier, V. F.; Attanayake, J.; de Silva, S. M. S.; Miller, M. S.; Thomas, C.

    2014-12-01

    First-principles calculations1 have suggested that the inner core's low shear velocity (3.5 km/sec) is a consequence of its temperature being very close to its melting temperature throughout its volume. Near the inner core's freezing or melting boundary, the shear modulus could possibly approach zero. A test of this is made from observations of the amplitude of PKIIKP waves at antipodal (>175o) ranges. These underside reflections are very sensitive to the S velocity beneath the inner core boundary due to energy subtracted from PKIIKP by converted S energy. This sensitivity is exploited by modeling PKIIKP waveforms observed by a transportable array in Morocco, which recorded many high-quality antipodal waveforms from Tonga. Differences in the in the sampling of the upper inner core between PKIIKP arriving from the short (<180o) and long (>180o) distances make it feasible to investigate lateral differences in the elastic and anelastic states of uppermost inner core from the amplitude and frequency content of the waveforms. In computational experiments, we show that a zero or small shear modulus in the uppermost inner core is the most effective way of matching large amplitude PKIIKP's observed from antipodal paths from Tonga to Morocco. The correlation of this bright spot in the PKIIKP reflection with a thin zone of low P velocity identified from multi-pathed PKIKP waves sampling a portion of the equatorial eastern hemisphere2suggests that at least this region of the inner core is near its melting temperature. Waveform modeling of PKIKP and PKIIKP from the combined effects of viscoelasticity and forward scattering is performed to determine whether this region of low shear modulus is consistent with freezing or melting. 1Martorell, B., L. Vocadlo, J.P. Brodholt, and I.G.Wood, (2013) Science, 342 (6157), doi: 10.1126/science.1243651. 2Stroujkova, A., and V.F. Cormier (2004), J. Geophys. Res., 109(B10), doi:10.1029/2004JB002976.

  9. Solar and volcanic forcing of summer air temperatures - a combined ice core and tree ring perspective form the Carpathian Mts. (Europe)

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    Per?oiu, Aurel; Popa, Ionel

    2014-05-01

    In order to improve our understanding of natural and anthropogenic influences on climate, high resolution reconstruction of the climate changes (and associated forcings) during the recent past (last millennium) are strongly needed. While these types of records are available for numerous regions, they are still scarce and with low resolution in the Eastern half of the European continent. In this paper, we present a high-resolution (decadal and better) reconstruction of summer air temperatures from the Carpathian Mts. (Romania), using water stable isotopes in cave ice cores (from Sc?ri?oara Ice Cave) and tree-rings as proxies for summer air temperatures (late and early, respectively). Our combined results show that periods of low solar activity (Wolf, Spörer and Dalton) and the main volcanic eruptions of the past millennium had had a clearly visible - in both isotope and tree ring data - impact on summer temperatures in the area. Worth to mention is that the "year without a summer" occurred in 1818 in both records, two years later than in most of the reconstructions in the vicinity. The Medieval Warm Period is seen as a relatively warm (~0.5 °C warmer than the 1960-1990 period) and stable period in the ice core data, but it's not clearly recorded by the tree rings, while the Little Ice Age (starting at around 1350 in the 14C-dated ice core chronology, and in 1370 in the annually resolved tree ring data) is marked by lower than present (by ~ 1 °C) air temperatures and increased variability. The ice core record stops at 1870 AD due to enhanced ice melting in the 20th century, associated with drier and warmer summer, as seen in the tree ring reconstruction. Our results provide a unique picture of the climate during the past millennium for a region where such information is mostly missing, strengthening the general view of 1) a relatively variable climate during the past 1000 years and 2) rapid warming during the past ~100 years.

  10. Improving accuracy and precision of ice core ?D(CH4) analyses using methane pre-pyrolysis and hydrogen post-pyrolysis trapping and subsequent chromatographic separation

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    Bock, M.; Schmitt, J.; Beck, J.; Schneider, R.; Fischer, H.

    2014-07-01

    Firn and polar ice cores offer the only direct palaeoatmospheric archive. Analyses of past greenhouse gas concentrations and their isotopic compositions in air bubbles in the ice can help to constrain changes in global biogeochemical cycles in the past. For the analysis of the hydrogen isotopic composition of methane (?D(CH4) or ?2H(CH4)) 0.5 to 1.5 kg of ice was hitherto used. Here we present a method to improve precision and reduce the sample amount for ?D(CH4) measurements in (ice core) air. Pre-concentrated methane is focused in front of a high temperature oven (pre-pyrolysis trapping), and molecular hydrogen formed by pyrolysis is trapped afterwards (post-pyrolysis trapping), both on a carbon-PLOT capillary at -196 °C. Argon, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, unpyrolysed methane and krypton are trapped together with H2 and must be separated using a second short, cooled chromatographic column to ensure accurate results. Pre- and post-pyrolysis trapping largely removes the isotopic fractionation induced during chromatographic separation and results in a narrow peak in the mass spectrometer. Air standards can be measured with a precision better than 1‰. For polar ice samples from glacial periods, we estimate a precision of 2.3‰ for 350 g of ice (or roughly 30 mL - at standard temperature and pressure (STP) - of air) with 350 ppb of methane. This corresponds to recent tropospheric air samples (about 1900 ppb CH4) of about 6 mL (STP) or about 500 pmol of pure CH4.

  11. 20th-Century doubling in dust archived in an Antarctic Peninsula ice core parallels climate change and desertification in South America

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    McConnell, Joseph R.; Aristarain, Alberto J.; Banta, J. Ryan; Edwards, P. Ross; Simões, Jefferson C.

    2007-01-01

    Crustal dust in the atmosphere impacts Earth's radiative forcing directly by modifying the radiation budget and affecting cloud nucleation and optical properties, and indirectly through ocean fertilization, which alters carbon sequestration. Increased dust in the atmosphere has been linked to decreased global air temperature in past ice core studies of glacial to interglacial transitions. We present a continuous ice core record of aluminum deposition during recent centuries in the northern Antarctic Peninsula, the most rapidly warming region of the Southern Hemisphere; such a record has not been reported previously. This record shows that aluminosilicate dust