Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 10, 2779–2797, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2779-2016

Special issue: International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Second...

The Cryosphere, 10, 2779–2797, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2779-2016

Research article 17 Nov 2016

Research article | 17 Nov 2016

Age of the Mt. Ortles ice cores, the Tyrolean Iceman and glaciation of the highest summit of South Tyrol since the Northern Hemisphere Climatic Optimum

Paolo Gabrielli et al.

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New ice cores were extracted from Alto dell'Ortles, the highest glacier of South Tyrol in the Italian Alps, to check whether prehistoric ice, which is coeval to the famous 5300-yr-old Tyrolean Iceman, is still preserved in this region. Dating of the ice cores confirms the hypothesis and indicates the drilling site has been glaciated since the end of the Northern Hemisphere Climatic Optimum (7000 yrs BP). We also infer that an unprecedented acceleration of the glacier flow has recently begun.