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Trapped Gas Composition and Chronology of the Vostok Ice Core
Entry ID: NSIDC-0311

Abstract: This data set includes a time scale for the Vostok ice core, retrieved from Vostok Station on the East Antarctic Plateau. This chronology is derived by orbitally tuning to molecular oxygen to nitrogen (O2/N2) ratios in occluded air for depths deeper than 1550 m (greater than 112,000 years old), and by gas correlation to the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) chronology for ... View entire text
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  N: -72.47   S: -72.47   E: -106.8   W: -106.8

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Dataset Originator/Creator: Bender, M. and M. Suwa.
Dataset Title: Trapped Gas Composition and Chronology of the Vostok Ice Core
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0311
Dataset Release Date: 2007-07-10
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-09-01
Stop Date: 2006-06-30
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 281 KB
Distribution Format: Microsoft Excel
Bender, M. L. 2002. Orbital tuning chronology for the Vostok climate record supported by trapped gas composition. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 204(1), 275-289.

Petit, J. J., J. Jouzel, D. Raynaud, N. I. Barkov, J.-M. Barnola, I. Basile, M. Bender, et al. 1999. Climate and atmospheric history of the past 420,000 years from the Vostok ice core, Antarctica. Nature 399, 429-436.

Suwa, M. 2007. Chronologies for ice cores constrained by their gas records and their implications for climate history for the past 400,000 years. PhD thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Suwa, M., and M. Bender. In press. Chronology of the Vostok ice core constrained by O2/N2 ratios of occluded air, and its implication for the Vostok climate records. Quaternary Science Reviews.
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DIF Creation Date: 2007-07-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24