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Soil and salt samples and geological observations from high altitude sites in the Upper Taylor Valley to determine the history of the Antarctic environment through the composition of salts in soils
Entry ID: K105_1997_1998_NZ_1

Abstract: To understand the processes of Antarctic soils as they affect the composition and distributions of salts and ice in and below the soils, the salts in very old soils and paleosols were investigated. High altitude soils are less disturbed by glaciations over longer periods and so four pits at high altitudes (old surface sites, representing range in age, location relative to the sea and lithology) in ... View entire text
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Description: The Ross Sea Region Soils database, run by Landcare Rsearch, New Zealand, stores information on soil site and soil pit horizon data from 35 years of soil studies by the investigators and their associates. There are >900 sites in the database but they are currently not sorted
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.75   S: -77.75   E: 160.58   W: 160.58
  N: -77.84   S: -77.84   E: 161.07   W: 161.07
  N: -77.84   S: -77.84   E: 161.08   W: 161.08
  N: -77.92   S: -77.92   E: 161.06   W: 161.06

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Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1998-01-04
Stop Date: 1998-01-12
SOIL SAMPLER Ancillary Description
Quality The existing soil samples (Site 673-696,703-704, 736-755, 757-761, 780-781, 833-844) have been sorted and stored at the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. All soil records are on the Ross Sea Region Soils database, Landcare Research.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-02-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-10-04