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Michael Koschorreck


Ice Cores, Alps, Climate, Italy

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New climate clues from ice cores in East European Alps

02.02.2012, Age: 3521 days

Researchers are beginning their analysis of what are probably the first successful ice cores drilled to bedrock from a glacier in the eastern European Alps. With luck, that analysis will yield a record of past climate and environmental changes in the region for several centuries, and perhaps even covering the last 1,000 years. Scientists also hope that the core contains the remnants of early human activity in the region, such as the atmospheric byproducts of smelting metals.

News item submitted by COSIS member Paolo Gabrielli

The project, led by Ohio State University (OSU) scientists Paolo Gabrielli and Lonnie Thompson and their European colleagues, retrieved four cores from a glacier high atop Mount Ortles, a 3,905-metre peak in northeastern Italy.

In addition to providing the most complete ice core record from this part of Europe, the project is important because the glacier is rapidly melting away. Within the next decade or so, this record may be lost forever.

Read more at OSU Research News.

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