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10Be evidence for the Matuyama–Brunhes geomagnetic reversal in the EPICA Dome C ice core

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10Be evidence for the Matuyama–Brunhes geomagnetic reversal in the EPICA Dome C ice core
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Nature, November 2006
DOI 10.1038/nature05266
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G. M. Raisbeck, F. Yiou, O. Cattani, J. Jouzel


An ice core drilled at Dome C, Antarctica, is the oldest ice core so far retrieved. On the basis of ice flow modelling and a comparison between the deuterium signal in the ice with climate records from marine sediment cores, the ice at a depth of 3,190 m in the Dome C core is believed to have been deposited around 800,000 years ago, offering a rare opportunity to study climatic and environmental conditions over this time period. However, an independent determination of this age is important because the deuterium profile below a depth of 3,190 m depth does not show the expected correlation with the marine record. Here we present evidence for enhanced 10Be deposition in the ice at 3,160-3,170 m, which we interpret as a result of the low dipole field strength during the Matuyama-Brunhes geomagnetic reversal, which occurred about 780,000 years ago. If correct, this provides a crucial tie point between ice cores, marine cores and a radiometric timescale.

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Professor 8 8%
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Professor > Associate Professor 7 7%
Other 30 31%
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Environmental Science 10 10%
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Unspecified 7 7%
Arts and Humanities 5 5%
Other 7 7%