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Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of Buried Glacier Ice
Entry ID: BU-054-005

Abstract: This project studies ancient ice buried in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. The ice, which may approach ten million years in age, will be dated using argon and uranium radioisotope techniques. High-risk work, if successful it will offer the first and perhaps only samples of the Earth's atmosphere from millions of years in the past. These samples could offer critically important tests of paleoclimate records and proxies, as well as a glimpse into the characteristics of a past world much like the predicted future, warmer Earth. The broader impacts are graduate student education, and potentially contributing to society's understanding of global climate change and sea level rise.
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Description: NSF Award #0636705 Abstract
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  N: -77.85   S: -77.91   E: 160.64   W: 160.49

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Phone: 617-353-3236
Fax: 617-353-3290
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Department of Earth Sciences
Boston University
685 Commonwealth Ave
City: Boston
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02215
Country: USA
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DIF Creation Date: 2011-02-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24