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Collaborative Research: Dating and Paleoenvironmental Studies on Ancient Ice in the Dry Valleys, Antarctica
Entry ID: NSF-ANT06-36731

Abstract: This project studies ancient ice buried in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. The ice, which may approach ten million years in age, will be dated using argon and uranium radioisotope techniques. High-risk work, if successful it will offer the first and perhaps only samples of the Earth's atmosphere from millions of years in the past. These samples could offer critically important tests of paleoclimate records and proxies, as well as a glimpse into the characteristics of a past world much like the predicted future, warmer Earth. The broader impacts are graduate student education, and potentially contributing to society's understanding of global climate change and sea level rise.
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Description: NSF Award Abstract #0636731
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -72.6   S: -81.93   E: 123.35   W: -148.87

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Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2007-10-01
Stop Date: 2012-09-30
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Data Center
United States Antarctic Program Data Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Email: info at
Contact Address:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
City: Palisades
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964
Country: USA
Phone: 609 258-2936
Fax: 609 258 0796
Email: bender at
Contact Address:
Department of Geosciences
Princeton University
M48 Guyot Hall
City: Princeton
Province or State: NJ
Postal Code: 08544
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2014-08-21
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-12