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

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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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Description: Concentration and Isotopic Composition of O2 and N2 in Trapped Gases of the Vostok Ice Core

Description: Vostok Ice Core Chemistry, Timescale, Isotope, and Temperature Data
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Spatial coordinates   
  N: -72.47   S: -72.47   E: -106.8   W: -106.8

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Michael Bender
Dataset Title: Trapped Gas Composition and Chronology of the Vostok Ice Core
Dataset Release Date: 2007-07-10
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-09-01
Stop Date: 2006-06-30
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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
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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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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 281 KB
Distribution Format: Microsoft Excel
Phone: 609 258-2936
Fax: 609 258 0796
Email: bender at
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Department of Geosciences
Princeton University
M48 Guyot Hall
City: Princeton
Province or State: NJ
Postal Code: 08544
Country: USA
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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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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-07-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27
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