Stable Isotopes of Ice on the Surface of Taylor Glacier, Antarctica

Summary

This data set contains Oxygen and Deuterium isotope ratios for approximately 980 sites on the surface of the ablation zone of Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. The data set gives latitude and longitude of collection, oxygen ratio (18/16) in per mil, and Deuterium ratio (H/D) in per mil. Data are in space-delimited ASCII text format and are available via FTP.

Citing These Data

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Cuffey, Kurt, Andrew Bliss, Jeffrey Kavanaugh, Sarah Aciego. 2007. Stable isotopes of ice on the surface of Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5WM1BBZ.

Overview Table

Category Description
Data format space-delimited ASCII text
Spatial coverage and resolution Southernmost Latitude: 78.00° S
Northernmost Latitude: 77.50° S
Westernmost Longitude: 160.00 E
Easternmost Longitude: 163.00 E
Temporal coverage and resolution 01 December 2003 - 30 January 2004
File naming convention taylor_isotopes.dat
File size Approximately 34 KB.
Parameter(s) oxygen isotopes of ice, deuterium isotopes of ice
Procedures for obtaining data available via FTP

Table of Contents

1. Contacts and Acknowledgments
2. Detailed Data Description
3. Data Access and Tools
4. Data Acquisition and Processing
5. References and Related Publications
6. Document Information

1. Contacts and Acknowledgments

Investigator(s)

Kurt Cuffey
Department of Geography
University of California Berkeley
507 McCone Hall
Berkeley, California 94720-4740 USA

Andrew Bliss
Department of Geography
University of California Berkeley
507 McCone Hall
Berkeley, California 94720-4740 USA

Jeffrey Kavanaugh
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Alberta
1-26 Earth Sciences Building
Edmonton Alberta Canada T6G 2E1

Sarah Aciego
ETH Zürich
Institute Isotopengeologie/Mineraology Rohstoffe
NW C 83 1 Clausiusstrasse 25 8092 Zürich

Technical Contact

NSIDC User Services
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0449  USA
phone: +1 303.492.6199
fax: +1 303.492.2468
form: Contact NSIDC User Services
e-mail: nsidc@nsidc.org

Acknowledgements

This research was supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) grant 0125579 awarded to K. Cuffey.

2. Detailed Data Description

Format

Data files are in ASCII text format viewable with spreadsheet software.

File Naming Convention

Files are named according to the following convention.

File name File Size Description
taylor_isotopes.dat 34 KB space-delimited ASCII text File

Spatial Coverage

Southernmost Latitude: 78.00° S
Northernmost Latitude: 77.50° S
Westernmost Longitude: 160.00 E
Easternmost Longitude: 163.00 E

Parameter or Variable

Parameter Description

The measured parameters are oxygen isotopes of ice, deuterium isotopes of ice.

Sample Data Record

The data below are the first 10 data samples: latitude and longitude of collection, oxygen ratio (18/16) in per mil, and Deuterium ratio (H/D) in per mil.

lat
lon
18O
H/D
77.72596
162.21936
-44.43
-351.50
77.72599
162.21789
-41.79
-335.30
77.72618
162.21675
-41.60
-336.90
77.72636
162.21604
-43.88
-348.70
77.72642
162.21516
-43.22
-345.90
77.72654
162.21408
-42.88
-345.80
77.72660
162.21281
-44.07
-349.30
77.72672
162.21161
-44.40
-350.90
77.72674
162.21084
-44.45
-356.50
77.72681
162.20948
-44.06
-356.60

Data Access

Available via FTP

Volume

The data set is approximately 34 KB.

Related Data Collections

4. Data Acquisition and Processing

Sensor or Instrument Description

Finnegan-MAT Delta Plus XL triple collector mass spectrometer

Data Acquisition Methods

Ice was sampled along a longitudinal transect spanning 28 km on the lower Taylor Glacier. Samples were obtained with ice screws, emplanted 10cm in the ice, after chopping off a surface layer of a few cm thickness with an axe. Each sample in the data set is a mixture of ice from four screws, located within 2 m of one another. Isotope ratios were measured on a Finnegan-MAT Delta Plus XL triple collector mass spectrometer. For deuterium ratios, sample size was ten microliters, and the sample was analyzed using a hot chromium reactor interfaced with the spectrometer in dual inlet mode. For oxygen ratios, sample size was 200 microliters, and analysis used the CO2 equilibration method. For both isotope ratios, isotopic drift in the machine was corrected using multiple standards that bracketed the sample values (see the Aciego et al. 2007 manuscript for details).

5. References and Related Publications

Aciego, S.M., K.M. Cuffey, J.L. Kavanaugh, D.L. Morse, and J.P. Severinghaus, 2007. Pleistocene ice and paleo-strain rates at Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Quaternary Research 68, 303-313.

6. Document Information

Acronyms and Abbreviations

The following acronyms and abbreviations are used in this document.

FTP File Transfer Protocol
NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center
H/D Deuterium ratio (D/H) in per mil
URL Uniform Resource Locator

Document Creation Date

December 2007

Document URL

http://nsidc.org/data/docs/agdc/nsidc0323_cuffey/index.html