Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 15, 863–881, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 863–881, 2021

Research article 18 Feb 2021

Research article | 18 Feb 2021

First investigation of perennial ice in Winter Wonderland Cave, Uinta Mountains, Utah, USA

Jeffrey S. Munroe

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Winter Wonderland Cave, Utah: stable isotope and geochemical data for ice and cryogenic cave carbonate (CCC) Jeffrey S. Munroe

Short summary
This study investigated a cave in Utah (USA) that contains a deposit of perennial ice. Such ice caves are important sources of information about past climate and are currently threatened by rising temperatures. The origin (precipitation), thickness (3 m), and age (several centuries) of the ice were constrained by a variety of methods. Liquid water recently entered the cave for the first time in many years, suggesting a destabilization of the cave environment.