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Collaborative Research: Stable Isotopes of Ice in the WAIS Divide Deep Ice Core - white_0537593
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Abstract: This data set contains the record of stable isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen in the WAIS Divide WDC06A core from West Antarctica. Samples have been analyzed at high resolution (nominal 3cm intervals) at INSTAAR, University of Colorado, using mass spectrometers. Oxygen isotopes (18O): 114.20-352.05 meters depth at approximately 3 cm resolution. Hydrogen isotopes (D/H): 114.20-197.23 meters depth ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -79.47   S: -79.47   E: 112.08   W: 112.08

Paleo Temporal Coverage
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 79° 28’ 1.2” S
Longitude Resolution: 112° 5’ 6.0” W
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
Vertical Resolution: 3 cm
Vertical Resolution Range: Point Resolution
Quality The high resolution Stable isotopic data in this data set were produced by mass spectrometry. The hydrogen isotopes were analyzed utilizing an automated uranium reduction system (Vaughn et al.1998) and a Micro Mass SIRA mass spec. Error associated with this measurement is less than ±1 per mil, and typically ± 0.6 per mil. The oxygen isotopes were analyzed using co2/h20 equilibration method (Epstein and Mayeda,1953) and a Micromass Optima mass spec. Error associated with this measurement is less than 0.1 per mil, and typically ±0.05 per mil.
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National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
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National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Phone: 303 492 7909
Fax: 303 492 6388
Email: james.white at
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Campus Box 450
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: Colorado
Postal Code: 80309
Country: USA
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Steig, E.J.. "Is Recent Antarctic Warming Exceptional?," Geological Society of America Abstracts, 2009.

Steig, E.J. and White, J.W.C.. "The WAIS Divide Stable Isotope Record, El Nino, and West Antarctic Temperature," MOCA-09 IAMAS/IAPSO/IACS 2009 Joint Assembly, 2009.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-10-12
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-02-18

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