Gases in Firn Air and Shallow Ice at the Proposed WAIS Drilling Site
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Abstract: These data are trace gas measurements of air extracted from ice core samples from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide A core (WAIS-D 05A). This core was dry-drilled at the WAIS site during the 2005-2006 field season. A total of 57 ice core samples were analyzed for nine trace gas species: ethane (C2H6), propane (C3H8), n-butane (n-C4H10), carbonyl sulfide (COS), carbon disulfide (CS2), methyl ... View entire text
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Description: The U.S research community is conducting a deep ice coring project in West Antarctica for studies of climate, ice sheet history and cryobiology. This project is collecting a deep ice core from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) ice flow divide and integrating approximately 20 separate but synergistic projects to analyze the ice and interpret the records.

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  N: -79.47   S: -79.47   E: 112.09   W: 112.09

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Start Date: 2005-12-01
Stop Date: 2006-01-30
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Aydin, M., M. B. Williams, C. Tatum, and E. S. Saltzman (2008), Carbonyl sulfide in air extracted from a South Pole ice core: a 2,000 year record, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 7533-7542, (

Aydin, M., M. B. Williams, and E. S. Saltzman (2007), Feasibility of reconstructing paleoatmospheric records of selected alkanes, ... View entire text
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DIF Creation Date: 2009-06-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-05
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