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TitleThe Mount Logan (Yukon) ice cores: preliminary results
 
AuthorFisher, D A; Bourgeois, J; Demuth, M; Fisher, D; Koerner, R; Zdanowicz, C; Zheng, JORCID logo; Clark, C; Cardyn, R; Goto-Azuma, K; Yalcin, K; Kreutz, K; Mayewski, P; Osterberg, E; Holdsworth, G; Steig, E; Rupper, S; Dahl-Jensen, D
SourceEos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union vol. 85, no. 17, 2004, 1 pages
LinksOnline - En ligne
Year2004
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20080621
MeetingAmerican Geophysical Union - Canadian Geophysical Union joint assembly; Montreal; CA; May 17-21, 2004
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
ProvinceNorthwest Territories
NTS95E
AreaMount Logan
Lat/Long WENS-128.0000 -126.0000 62.0000 61.0000
Subjectssurficial geology/geomorphology; geochronology; ice samples; ice; massive ice; cores; core descriptions; glaciation; glacial deposits; isotopes; isotopic studies; oxygen isotopes
AbstractThree ice cores were taken at different elevations on or near My Logan in the years 2001 and 2002. The summit core (PRCol) comes from the summit plateau ( 5340 masl, length 187 m to bedrock, mean temperature -29 C ) and was done by the Geological Survey of Canada. The NIPR group cored 210m on the flanks of the mountain at King Col (4200 masl mean temperature -16C) and the UNH group cored 20 km from the mountain at Eclipse "Dome" (3015 masl,length 345 m mean temperature -5C) . The three cores were done cooperatively by GSC, NIPR and UNH and cover nominally 30 ka, 1 ka and 2ka respectively . Located very close to the Gulf of Alaska these core records
are thought to reflect the climate history of the Pacific Ocean and having three widely spaced elevations, the sites "see" different distances to different sources. The lowest site (Eclipse) has excellent seasonals but a very muted delta18O history with no obvious little ice age, whereas the most recent 1ka of the PRCol summit sites contains two very large and sudden delta18O and d (deuterium excess) shifts at 1850 AD and ~ 800 AD. The delta18O shifts which happen from one year to the next are about 4 o/oo . The summit site (PRCol) delta18O response is "backwards", ie the Little Ice Age delta18O values are 4 o/oo more positive than recent ones. The PRCol delta18O and d suggest that the source water can either be (per thousand)local¡ (Gulf of Alaska) or very distant (tropics) . The Eclipse site seems only to get the local water . A massive dust storm originating in central Asia (Gobi) in April 2001 dumped a visible layer all over the St Elias Mountains and this layer was sampled, to provide a calibration "Asian dust event". The satellite and isotoic signatures both agreed that Gobi was the source. The PRCol record covers the Holocene and well back into the ice age. The transition is defined by a sudden ECM shift on the flanks of a more gradual O18 shift.
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