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Continuous flow analysis of the Mount Brown South ice core


Harlan, M and Kjaer, HA and Vance, T and Vallelonga, P and Gkinis, V and Blunier, T and Svensson, A and Moy, A and Plummer, C and Jackson, S and Peensoo, K and de Campo, A, Continuous flow analysis of the Mount Brown South ice core, EGU General Assembly 2021, 19-30 April, online, pp. EGU21-15782. (2021) [Conference Extract]

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DOI: doi:10.5194/egusphere-egu21-15782


The Mount Brown South (MBS) ice core is an approximately 300-meter-long ice core, drilled in 2016-2017 to the south of Mount Brown, Wilhelm II Land, East Antarctica. This location in East Antarctica was chosen as it produces an ice core with well-preserved sub-annual records of both chemistry and isotope concentrations, spanning back over 1000 years. MBS is particularly well suited to represent climate variations of the Indian Ocean sector of Antarctica, and to provide information about regional volcanism in the Southern Indian Ocean region.

A section of ice spanning the length of the MBS core was melted as part of the autumn 2019 continuous flow analysis (CFA) campaign at the Physics of Ice, Climate, and Earth (PICE) group at the University of Copenhagen. During this campaign, measurements were conducted for chemistry and impurities contained in the ice, in addition to water isotopes. The data measured in Copenhagen include measurements of H2O2, pH, electrolytic conductivity, and NH4+, Ca2+, and Na+ ions, in addition to insoluble particulate concentrations and size distribution measured using an Abakus laser particle counter.

Here, we present an overview of the CFA chemistry and impurity data, as well as preliminary investigations into the size distribution of insoluble particles and the presence of volcanic material within the ice. These initial chemistry and particulate size distribution data sets are useful in order to identify sections of the MBS core to subject to further analysis to increase our understanding of volcanic activity in the Southern Indian Ocean region.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:CFA, Mount Brown South, Ice core, chemistry, volcanics
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climate change processes
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Harlan, M (Ms Margaret Harlan)
UTAS Author:Vance, T (Dr Tessa Vance)
UTAS Author:Moy, A (Dr Andrew Moy)
UTAS Author:Plummer, C (Mr Christopher Plummer)
ID Code:144073
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Australian Antarctic Program Partnership
Deposited On:2021-04-20
Last Modified:2021-04-21

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