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Ethane measurements in air extracted from Greenland and Antarctic ice cores


This dataset contains the results of ethane (C2H6) analysis in air extracted from 27 ice core samples from Summit, Greenland (GISP2B ice core) and 33 samples from West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide, Antarctica (WDC-05A ice core). The data is in Excel (.xlsx) format with data from the two sites provided in separate worksheets named after the ice cores.

In addition to ethane, dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC-12) measurements are also reported for all samples. The presence of CFC-12 can indicate presence of modern air in an ice core sample.

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Data Quality final
  • 1.0 (2015-11-11)
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Spatial Type point
Progress completed
Language English
Grant Code PLR-1204248, PLR-1043780
ISO Topic Categories
  • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2013-01-01 00:00:00
End datetime 2015-06-30 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 72.60, Minimum (South) Latitude: -79.50
Minimum (West) Longitude: -112.10, Maximum (East) Longitude: -38.50

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Murat Aydin <>

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Example citation following ESIP guidelines:

Nicewonger, M., et al. 2015. Ethane measurements in air extracted from Greenland and Antarctic ice cores. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 17 Jan 2021.

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