Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 10, 3091–3105, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-3091-2016

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

The Cryosphere, 10, 3091–3105, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-3091-2016
Review article
21 Dec 2016
Review article | 21 Dec 2016

Radiocarbon dating of glacier ice: overview, optimisation, validation and potential

Chiara Uglietti et al.

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A meaningful interpretation of the climatic history contained in ice cores requires a precise chronology. For dating the older and deeper part of the glaciers, radiocarbon analysis can be used when organic matter such as plant or insect fragments are found in the ice. Since this happens rarely, a complementary dating tool, based on radiocarbon dating of the insoluble fraction of carbonaceous aerosols entrapped in the ice, allows for ice dating between 200 and more than 10 000 years.