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Ice core samples, Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, 2004-2006
GB/NERC/BAS/AEDC/00371

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Abstract:
Sections of ice core acquired from upper 100 m of the Rutford Ice Stream during the RABID project. Sections of ice core, up to 4m long and 95mm diameter, were drilled and retrieved using the hot-water ice-corer. The cores were taken from specific depths above, below or straddling the radar reflecting layers in two adjacent holes. A total of 6 cores were collected, with a total of 21.04m of ice. The cores were logged, cut into 55cm sections, sealed in lay-flat plastic tubing, packed in foam and placed in insulated core boxes. The ice was returned to the UK and will be analysed for physical and dielectric properties.

The RABID project employed hot-water drilling techniques, down-hole instrumentation, as well as surface geophysical measurements, to form an integrated programme studying ice dynamics, basal conditions, climate and glacial history.

Funding was provided by the UK NERC Antarctic Funding Initiative (AFI).

Keywords:
Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctic ice sheet, ice core

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