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Press Release 13-017

Antarctic Ice Core Contains Unrivaled Detail of Past Climate

WAIS Divide Core will allow for examination of annual snowfall for each of the past 30,000 years

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Photo of scientist examining an ice core.

Donald Voigt, chief scientist at the WAIS Divide Camp, examines an ice core.

Credit: Gifford Wong, Dartmouth College


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Close-up  image of a replicate ice core

The first replicate ice core ever taken from the high side of an ice-core borehole is shown. This is a core drilled at right angles to the main borehole to get additional information. It is 4.25 inches in diameter.

Credit: Jay Johnson, Ice Drilling Design and Operations, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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