Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 11, 1297–1309, 2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 1297–1309, 2017

Research article 31 May 2017

Research article | 31 May 2017

Calibrated cryo-cell UV-LA-ICPMS elemental concentrations from the NGRIP ice core reveal abrupt, sub-annual variability in dust across the GI-21.2 interstadial period

Damiano Della Lunga et al.

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Della Lunga, D., Müller, W., Rasmussen, S. O., Svensson, A. M., and Vallelonga, P.: Major elemental concentrations from NGRIP ice core across the interstadial period GI-21.2., Supplement to: Della Lunga, D., et al.: Calibrated cryo-cell UV-LA-ICPMS elemental concentrations from NGRIP ice core reveal abrupt, sub-annual variability in dust across the interstadial period GI-21.2, The Cryosphere, 2017.
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In our study we combined the wealth of information provided by Greenland ice cores with an ultra-high-resolution technique well known in geoscience (laser ablation). Our set-up was developed and applied to investigate the variability in concentration of ions across a rapid climatic change from the oldest part of the last glaciation, showing that concentrations drop abruptly from cold to warm periods, representing a shift in atmospheric transport that happens even faster than previously thought.