First results from stable-istope measurements on ice cores from Dronning Maud Land, supplement to: Oerter, Hans; Graf, Wolfgang; Meyer, Hanno; Wilhelms, Frank (2004): The EPICA ice core from Dronning Maud Land: first results from stable-istope measurements. Annals of Glaciology, 39, 307-312


The European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA) focuses on the drilling of two deep ice cores, the first at Dome C and the second at Kohnen station (75°00' S, 0°04' E) in Dronning Maud Land (DML). This paper deals with stable-isotope records from ice cores drilled in DML. In the first season, the deep EPICA DML core reached a depth of 450 m, recovering ice approximately 7000 years old. Generally, the d18O record indicates a stable Holocene climate and shows low variability. However, during the last 4000 years (based on a preliminary time-scale) the d18O values decrease continuously by about 0.6%, and the deuterium excess values increase by about 0.5%. The correlation between d18O and the deuterium excess d is investigated for a 50m long core section and the near-surface snow. High-pass filtered profiles are positively correlated, whereas the correlation between low-pass filtered profiles is negative. A post-depositional effect due to diffusion processes can be seen in a sub-annually resolved profile from snow-pit samples. Changes in the seasonality of the evolution of the snow cover and the consequences for stable-isotope content are demonstrated with data from ice core B31.

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Creator Graf, Wolfgang;Wilhelms, Frank;Oerter, Hans;Meyer, Hanno
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2004
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY)
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Collection of Datasets
Format application/zip
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (76S-75S,3 W-0 E)
Temporal Point 1997-12-19T11:59:59Z