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Past Environmental Conditions on the Antarctic Peninsula: a Palynological Characterization of In-situ Sediments recovered during the 2006 SHALDRIL campaign
Entry ID: NSF-ANT06-36747

Abstract: This project studies microfossils of plants and algae to understand climate during the earliest glaciations of Antarctica. The microfossils are from marine sediment cores collected by the 2006 SHALDRIL campaign to the Antarctic Peninsula. The work will offer constraints on sea surface temperature, ocean salinity, and terrestrial vegetation to help answer questions such as: What were conditions like on the Antarctic Peninsula during the initial formation of Antarctica's ice sheets? How rapidly did the ice sheets grow? Was their growth driven by global factors such as low atmospheric CO2 or local events like opening of the Drake Passage? The broader impacts include postdoctoral fellow research and outreach via a museum exhibit and a web-based activity book for children.
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Description: NSF Award Abstract #0636747
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -63.86   S: -63.86   E: -54.45   W: -54.45

Data Set Citation
Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2007-09-01
Stop Date: 2010-08-31
Data Set Progress
Data Center
United States Antarctic Program Data Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Email: info at
Contact Address:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
City: Palisades
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964
Country: USA
Email: swarny at
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Louisiana State University
City: Baton Rouge
Province or State: LA
Postal Code: 70803
Country: US
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-08-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-12