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Climatology, Volcanism, and Microbial Life in Ice with Downhole Loggers
Entry ID: price_0440609

Abstract: This award supports a project to use two spectrofluorimeters - one with a 224-nm laser to excite protein fluorescence and non-protein aerosol and dust fluorescence, and the other with a 404-nm laser to excite F420 fluorescence (a proxy for methanogens) and chlorophyll fluorescence (a proxy for aerobes) - in order to scan ice core sections at NICL and look for abrupt climate changes, volcanic ash, ... View entire text
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Description: WAIS Divide is a United States deep ice coring project in West Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is the second component to the larger WAISCORES initiative. The purpose of the WAIS Divide project is to collect a deep ice core from the flow divide in central West Antarctica in order to develop a unique series of interrelated climate, ice dynamics, and biologic records focused on understanding interactions among global earth systems.

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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -79.47   S: -79.47   E: -112.07   W: -112.07

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2006-05-20
Stop Date: 2008-05-31
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Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
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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Phone: 510-459-4954
Fax: 510-643-7809
Email: bay at
Contact Address:
Physics Department
University of California
City: Berkeley
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 94720
Country: USA
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1. Rohde and Price, "Diffusion-controlled metabolism for long-term survival of single isolated microorganisms trapped within ice crystals", PNAS 104, 16592-16597 (2007).
2. Rohde, Price, Bay, and Bramall, "In situ microbial metabolism as a cause of gas anomalies in ice," PNAS 105, June 2008, early edition.
3. Price, P. B., "Microbial life in glacial ice and implications for a cold origin of life," FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 59 (2) 217-231 (2007).
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-06-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23