Preliminary results of the analyses on 700 m ice cores retrieved from Mizuho Station, Antarctica, in 1983 and 1984 are presented. The majority of the physical properties, density, grain-size and shape, and total gas content, were measured at the drilling site. Fabrics, microparticle concentration, electrical conductivity, and stable-isotope concentration δ18O were measured in laboratories after the cores had been taken to Japan.
In spite of inaccuracy in measuring both density and total gas content in the ice, due to interlocking cracks in cores, several attempts were made to correct the data. The coincidence between the incremental peaks in the depth profile of the microparticle concentration, as well as in the electrical conductivity and the warm trend indicated by the δ18O profile is discussed. The shape of the δ18O profile is characterized by two inflection points and is compared with results obtained from the Byrd Station, Dome C and Vostok cores. From this comparison, it is tentatively concluded that the bottom of the Mizuho core may be an age of the order of 10 ka B.P.