Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Clim. Past, 15, 1793–1808, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1793-2019
Clim. Past, 15, 1793–1808, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1793-2019

Research article 08 Oct 2019

Research article | 08 Oct 2019

The SP19 chronology for the South Pole Ice Core – Part 1: volcanic matching and annual layer counting

Dominic A. Winski et al.

Data sets

The South Pole Ice Core (SPICEcore) chronology and supporting data Dominic A. Winski, Tyler J. Fudge, David G. Ferris, Erich C. Osterberg, John M. Fegyveresi, Jihong Cole-Dai, Zayta Thundercloud, Thomas S. Cox, Karl J. Kreutz, Nikolas Ortman, Christo Buizert, Jenna Epifanio, Edward J. Brook, Ross Beaudette, Jeff Severinghaus, Todd Sowers, Eric J. Steig, Emma C. Kahle, Tyler R. Jones, Valerie Morris, Murat Aydin, Melinda R. Nicewonger, Kimberly A. Casey, Richard B. Alley, Edwin D. Waddington, Nels A. Iverson, Nelia W. Dunbar, Ryan C. Bay, Joseph M. Souney, Michael Sigl, Joseph R. McConnell https://doi.org/10.15784/601206

Short summary
A deep ice core was recently drilled at the South Pole to understand past variations in the Earth's climate. To understand the information contained within the ice, we present the relationship between the depth and age of the ice in the South Pole Ice Core. We found that the oldest ice in our record is from 54 302 ± 519 years ago. Our results show that, on average, 7.4 cm of snow falls at the South Pole each year.