Electrical measurements on the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 core

K. C. Taylor, R. B. Alley, G. W. Lamorey, P. Mayewski

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The Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) electrical conductivity measurement (ECM) record is an indication of the concentration of H+ in the core. The ECM detected seasonal variations in the nitrate concentration of the core which were used to assist in dating the core by annual layer counting. Volcanic eruptions that produce acidic aerosols are recorded in the ECM record. Evidence of biomass burning is detected by the ECM because fire-related ammonium emissions neutralize the acids in the core. Rapid climate transitions associated with the Younger Dryas and Dansgaard/Oeschger interstadial events alter the concentration of alkaline dust and are detected by the ECM. The ECM has been used to develop stratigraphic ties between the GISP2 and the Greenland Ice Core Project cores. Users of the data should be aware of some instrument-related artifacts in the ECM recod.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26511-26517
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberC12
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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