Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 9, 2253–2270, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2253-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 2253–2270, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2253-2015

Research article 04 Dec 2015

Research article | 04 Dec 2015

Investigation of a deep ice core from the Elbrus western plateau, the Caucasus, Russia

V. Mikhalenko et al.

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For the first time an ice core unaffected by melting was recovered from the western Elbrus plateau in the Caucasus. The preserved chemical and isotopic data are considered a source of paleo-climate information for southern/eastern Europe. Considerable snow accumulation (about 1500mm w.e.) and high sampling resolution allowed seasonal variability to be obtained in climate signals, covering a time period of about 200 years. Ice flow models suggest that the basal ice age can be more than 600 years.