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NSIDC-0093

Central West Antarctic Glaciochemistry from Ice Cores, Version 1

Glaciochemical and accumulation rate records developed from four ice cores in central West Antarctica are used to reconstruct former atmospheric circulation patterns in this region for the last 40 years with extended records (150-250 years) at two sites. The sites lie on a 200 km traverse from 82 degrees 22 minutes south, 119 degrees 17 minutes west to 81 degrees 22 minutes south, 107 degrees 17 minutes west, gaining elevation from 950 to 1930 m. The glaciochemical records represent the major ionic species present in Antarctic snow: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, nitrate, and sulfate.

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Geographic Coverage

Parameter(s):
  • Ice Core Records > Ions > Glaciochemistry
  • Snow/Ice > Snow Water Equivalent
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -80, S: -85, E: -105, W: -120

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 1740 to 31 December 1994
  • 1 January 1994 to 31 December 1995
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text
Platform(s) GROUND STATIONS
Sensor(s): CORING DEVICES
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): David Reusch
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Central West Antarctic Glaciochemistry from Ice Cores

The glaciochemical records represent the major ionic species present in Antarctic snow: Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl-, NO3- and SO42-.

Table 1. Columns for the Central West Antarctic Glaciochemistry Data Files
Column 1 Top Depth (in meters)
Column 2 Bottom Depth (in meters)
Column 3 Top Time (in years before 2000 A.D.)
Column 4 Bottom Time (in years before 2000 A.D.)
Column 5 Mid Year (decimal year of midpoint of the specific section of core)
Column 6 Na+     Sodium (ppb - parts per billion)
Column 7 K+     Potassium (ppb)
Column 8 Mg2+     Magnesium (ppb)
Column 9 Ca2+     Calcium (ppb)
Column 10 Cl-     Chloride (ppb)
Column 11 NO3-     Nitrate (ppb)
Column 12 SO42-     Sulfate (ppb)
 

Figure 1 describes the approximate locations of ice cores plotted on a contour map covering the region 80-85 S latitude by 105-120 W longitude.

Figure 1. Locations of Ice Cores Plotted on a Contour Map
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