Ancient ice floe to help predict climate change
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Ancient ice floe to help predict climate change

April 20, 2022

A block aged 567 thousand years was taken from a depth of almost 3.5 thousand meters.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The 567 000-year-old ice core was brought to St. Petersburg by scientists from the 67th Russian Antarctic Expedition. According to the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, the ancient block was raised from a depth of 3453 meters from the lake under the Vostok station.

Recall that in March, for the first time, warming was recorded in this territory simultaneously with areas near the North Pole. Scientists cannot yet explain this oddity, but they suggest that this is a simple coincidence – the South and North Poles should not melt at the same time.

With the help of an ancient ice floe, scientists from St. Petersburg plan to obtain unique data on climate changes that have taken place on the planet for millions of years. This should help create a model of future climate processes. Information about sea ice is also very important for navigation in ice conditions.

Next year, experts expect to get samples of ice older than a million years.

The Arctic has lost a third of its sea ice since the turn of the century. We also reported that in September the scientific ice platform North Pole will go on its first voyage to study the Arctic.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: istockphoto.com

April 20, 2022

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