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Drilling Back to the Future: Climate Clues from Ancient Ice on Greenland

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This video, from ClimateCentral, features a team of scientists from the Northern Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling Project who study atmospheric air bubbles trapped in an ice core. This work highlights a period in Greenland's ice sheet which began about 130,000 years ago and lasted about 10,000 years; a period known as the Eemian. The air bubbles from the ancient atmosphere reveal what happened with climate change over that period of time.

Video length 6:15 min.

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About the Science

  • This detailed video describes how ice cores from the Eemian period illuminate what may happen to atmospheric temperatures in the next few hundred years.
  • The video shows how scientists use a continuous sampling technique to analyze ice core samples in the field.
  • Sophisticated correlations between increasing temperatures and levels of carbon dioxide reveal a historical record that confirms carbon dioxide is causing warming.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The scientists interviewed are eminently experts in the field. The video does not provide references as such, but the experts giving comments are definitely of high caliber.

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  • High definition can be shown clearly on a large screen, individual computers, or at home.
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