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Revision of the EPICA Dome C CO2 record from 800 to 600kyr before present

TitleRevision of the EPICA Dome C CO2 record from 800 to 600kyr before present
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBereiter B., Eggleston S., Schmitt J., Nehrbass-Ahles C., Stocker T.F, Fischer H., Kipfstuhl S., Chappellaz J.
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Date Published2015/01
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0094-8276
Accession NumberWOS:000349956000044
Keywordsantarctic ice; atmospheric co2; carbon-dioxide; co2; cycle; Dome C; EPICA; greenhouse gas; ice core; ice-core; inclusions; last deglaciation; Mixing; ratios; scale; variability

The European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica Dome ice core from Dome C (EDC) has allowed for the reconstruction of atmospheric CO2 concentrations for the last 800,000years. Here we revisit the oldest part of the EDC CO2 record using different air extraction methods and sections of the core. For our established cracker system, we found an analytical artifact, which increases over the deepest 200m and reaches 10.12.4ppm in the oldest/deepest part. The governing mechanism is not yet fully understood, but it is related to insufficient gas extraction in combination with ice relaxation during storage and ice structure. The corrected record presented here resolves partly - but not completely - the issue with a different correlation between CO2 and Antarctic temperatures found in this oldest part of the records. In addition, we provide here an update of 800,000years atmospheric CO2 history including recent studies covering the last glacial cycle.

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