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Images of ice core sections that have been processed at the U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory - McGwire_0230149
Entry ID: McGwire_0230149

Abstract: The dataset is comprised of optical images of ice core sections that were acquired with a digital line-scan camera in the cold room facility at the U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL). Ice core sections are archival cuts which have are rough-out rounds of ice with a single plane cut along one side. Illumation is provided to the sides of the ice section using fiberoptic light guides connected to a 1000W xenon light source. Original image resolution varies, generally in the range of 0.05 to 0.1 mm.
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Quality Ice section quality varies along the core. Most images are of archival cuts which have a rough, rounded backside that affects brightness. There is some drop off in lighting at the ends of each section.
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Data Center
National Ice Core Laboratory Science Management Office, Climate Change Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: NICL Ice Core Imagery

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (303) 202-4830
Fax: (303) 202-4845
Email: nicl at
Contact Address:
U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory
Box 25046
City: Denver
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80225
Country: USA
Phone: 775-673-7324
Fax: 775-673-7485
Email: kenm at
Contact Address:
2215 Raggio Parkway
City: Reno
Province or State: NV
Postal Code: 89512
Country: USA
McGwire, K.C., G.M. Hargreaves, R.B. Alley, T.J. Popp, D.B. Reusch, M.K. Spencer and K.C. Taylor, "An Integrated System for Optical Imaging of Ice Cores", Cold Regions Science and Technology, in review.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-06-04
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23