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Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC)

Professor Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College. Based on data of J. Chapellaz, Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l'Environment, Grenoble. Archived at: Lamont-Dohert Earth Observatory (more info) . Starting Point page organized by R.M. MacKay.

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This page first made public: Sep 7, 2006

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Summary

Students use Excel to graph and analyze Vostok Ice core data (more info) (160,000 years of Ice core data from Vostok Station). Data includes ice age, ice depth, carbon dioxide, methane, dust, and deuterium isotope relative abundance (dD). Students use the equation:

Temperature (deg-C)=-55.5+(dD + 440)/6 to infer temperatures from dD.

This is a complete activity that requires a working knowledge of Excel (see teaching notes and tips).

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This activity can be as a homework assignment or lab activity in an introductory geoscience course with climate change content. Instructors may want to use the Vostok ice core data to make graphs for interactive lecture or other graphical analysis activities.

Teaching Materials

All required materials are available at The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory link Vostok Ice core data lab (more info)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity requires a working knowledge of Excel and will likely take student three to four hours to complete. It is recommended that you have students do one of the activitites below first.

Assessment

The activity comes with very specific instructions on the expected lab report format. This provides students with clear expectations and can be used instructors to help assess student performance.

References and Resources


Subject

Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Stable Isotopes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric gases, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change

Resource Type

Activities:Lab Activity

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use:Meets Peer Review Standard:Anonymous Peer Review, Ready to Use

Earth System Topics

Solid Earth:Earth Materials, Atmosphere, Climate

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