Intercept analysis of approximately bi-yearly vertical thin sections from the upper part of the GISP2 ice core, central Greenland, shows that grain-size ranges increase with increasing age. This demonstrates that something in the ice affects grain-growth rates, and that grain-size cannot be used directly in paleothermometry as has been proposed. Correlation of grain-growth rates to chemical and isotopic data indicates slower growth in ice with higher impurity concentrations, and especially slow growth in "forest-fire" layers containing abundant ammonium; however, the impurity/grain-growth relations are quite noisy. Little correlation is found between growth rate and isotopic composition of ice.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Earth-Surface Processes