Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 11, 2427–2437, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2427-2017

Special issue: Oldest Ice: finding and interpreting climate proxies in ice...

The Cryosphere, 11, 2427–2437, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2427-2017

Research article 02 Nov 2017

Research article | 02 Nov 2017

Is there 1.5-million-year-old ice near Dome C, Antarctica?

Frédéric Parrenin et al.

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The oldest dated deep ice core drilled in Antarctica has been retrieved at EPICA Dome C (EDC), reaching ~ 800 000 years. Obtaining an older palaeoclimatic record from Antarctica is one of the greatest challenges of the ice core community. Here, we estimate the age of basal ice in the Dome C area. We find that old ice (> 1.5 Myr) likely exists in two regions a few tens of kilometres away from EDC: Little Dome C Patch and North Patch.