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Thinning of the Ice Sheet Estimated from Total Gas Content of Ice Cores in Mizuho Plateau, East Antarctica

  • Takao Kameda (a1), Masayoshi Nakawo (a2), Shinji Mae (a3), Okitsugu Watanabe (a4) and Renji Naruse (a1)...

Abstract

A linear relation between total gas content in ice and the elevation of ice formation (i.e. pore close-off) was obtained from seven shallow ice cores in Mizuho Plateau, Antarctica. The derived relation was applied to the vertical profile of total gas content in a 700 m long ice core at Mizuho Station. A general trend of gradual increase in total gas content was observed from 600 to 200 m in depth, from which toward the upper layer it showed a steep increase. After eliminating the effect of down-slope flow of ice around Mizuho Station, it was estimated that the thickness of the ice sheet decreased by about 350 m at maximum during the last 2000 years. This tendency also appears in the δ18O profile of the same ice core.

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Thinning of the Ice Sheet Estimated from Total Gas Content of Ice Cores in Mizuho Plateau, East Antarctica

  • Takao Kameda (a1), Masayoshi Nakawo (a2), Shinji Mae (a3), Okitsugu Watanabe (a4) and Renji Naruse (a1)...

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