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Visual Observation of Volume Relaxation under Different Storage Temperatures in the Dome Fuji Ice Core, Antarctica

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Title: Visual Observation of Volume Relaxation under Different Storage Temperatures in the Dome Fuji Ice Core, Antarctica
Authors: Miyamoto, Atsushi Browse this author
Saito, Takeshi Browse this author
Hondoh, Takeo Browse this author
Keywords: ice core
storage temperature
volume relaxation
cleavage crack
air hydrate crystal
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University
Citation: Physics of Ice Core Records II : Papers collected after the 2nd International Workshop on Physics of Ice Core Records, held in Sapporo, Japan, 2-6 February 2007. Edited by Takeo Hondoh
Journal Title: 低温科学
Journal Title(alt): Low Temperature Science
Volume: 68
Issue: Supplement
Start Page: 73
End Page: 79
Abstract: We are keeping Dome Fuji ice core samples at two storage temperatures (-50 and -20℃) after deep ice core drilling reached 2503 m at the Dome Fuji station, Antarctica. Since we aimed to develop new methods for studying physical properties of ice cores, cold storage down to -50℃ was necessary to avoid volume relaxation of ice cores during storage. To compare the volume relaxation process of an ice core under different storage temperatures, we captured images using a digital camera. Many tiny bubbles and plate-like inclusions (cleavage cracks) were observed in the ice core kept at the high storage temperature (-20℃). The clear ice seen just after ice core recovery changes to milky coloured cloudy ice because of the many tiny bubbles and cleavage cracks generated. We analyzed the volume relaxation rate of each ice core sample based on the digital images; it was clear that the generation of tiny bubbles and cleavage cracks and the decomposition of air hydrate crystals were avoided effectively at a storage temperature of -50℃. In cold storage down to -50℃, various physical properties of the ice core have been successfully investigated. In the present paper, we emphasize the importance of low-temperature storage to maintain high-quality ice cores.
Description: I. Microphysical properties, deformation, texture and grain growth
Type: bulletin (article)
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