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Article - Rapid microstructure analysis of polar ice cores

Rapid microstructure analysis of polar ice cores

Analyzing past climates using the Large Area Scan Microscope
by Anja Krischke, Ulrich Oechsner and Sepp Kipfstuhl

With climate change and its implications for society and the Earth being a frequent topic in both politics and science, measureable data on the influence of mankind on current and past climate has become essential information for making predictions and decisions about future climate. 

The polar ice sheet provides information about temperature, precipitation as well as gas and aerosol concentration as a unique depiction of climate throughout hundreds of thousands of years. 

The information obtained from ice cores enables future climatic events as well as general material properties of ice to be better understood. The longest ice core drilled in the Antarctica has a length of 3270 m and contains climate information dating back more than 800000 years. [more]