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Methane Isotopes from the WAIS Divide Ice Core
Entry ID: NSIDC-0435

Abstract: This data set includes methane (CH4) isotope data from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide ice core, WDC05A, in Antarctica. The data include depth, gas age, and the isotopic composition of methane (∂13C and ∂D of CH4). The ice core was collected during the 2005-2006 Antarctic field season. The CH4 isotope data was generated in 2008 using wet extraction methodology. Samples span the last ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -79.47   S: -79.47   E: 112.09   W: 112.09
Min Altitude: 1766 METERS Max Altitude: 1766 METERS

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Sowers, T. A.
Dataset Title: Methane Isotopes from the WAIS Divide Ice Core
Dataset Series Name: NSIDC-0435
Dataset Release Date: 2009-12-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2008-01-01
Stop Date: 2008-12-30
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 1000 ybp
Paleo Stop Date: present
Chrono Unit:
Data Resolution
Vertical Resolution: 0.1 meters
Temporal Resolution: 60 month
ISO Topic Category
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
NSIDC Antarctic Glaciological Data Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 32 KB
Distribution Format: Microsoft Excel
Phone: 814-863-8093
Fax: 814-863-8724
Email: todd.sowers5 at, sowers at
Contact Address:
237 Deike Building, Dept. of Geosciences
Penn State University
City: University Park
Province or State: Pennsylvania
Postal Code: 16802
Country: USA
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Mischler, J. A., T. A. Sowers, R. B. Alley, M. Battle, J. R. McConnell, L. Mitchell, T. Popp, E. Sofen, and M. K. Spencer. 2009. Carbon and hydrogen isotopic composition of methane over the last 1000 years, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 23, GB4024, doi:10.1029/2009GB003460. Sowers, T. 2006. Late Quaternary atmospheric CH4 isotope record suggests marine clathrates are stable. Science 311: 838-841. Sowers, T., S. Bernard, O. Aballain, J. Chappellaz, J.-M. Barnola and T. Marik. 2005. Records of the d13C of atmospheric CH4 over the last two centuries as recorded in Antarctic snow and ice. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 19(GB2002). Sowers, T. A. 2009. Atmospheric methane isotope records covering the Holocene period. Quaternary Science Reviews doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.05.023.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-12-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18

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