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Termination V in the Vostok (Antarctica) ice core

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The age–depth relationship of the Vostok (Antarctica) ice core has been reconstructed in the depth interval 3300–3347 m, by comparing three gas properties in ice (CO2, CH4 and 18Oatm) with those in the EPICA Dome C (Antarctica) core. Fourteen Vostok depths were examined in this interval, and it was found that nine samples are uniquely dated if candidate ages are restricted to the interval between 400 and 650 kyr. One of these samples is uniquely dated without restriction. The analysis supports previous reports that this section contains ice from Termination V, but that the stratigraphic order of ice is reversed. The top of the overturned layer lies between 3316 and 3319 m. At least one other stratigraphic disturbance was found between 3340 and 3343 m, as indicated by another reversal of the age–depth relationship. Finally, the oldest ice in this section is dated at ≥440 kyr, confirming the existence of ice from the cold marine isotope stage (MIS) 12 interval.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2008

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