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Ice cores preserve 1,800 years of climate

Ice cores preserve 1,800 years of climate

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 5 (UPI) -- Two ice cores from the tropical Peruvian Andes reveal Earth's detailed tropical climate history year by year for nearly 1,800 years, researchers say.

New Andes ice cores may be longest ever

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have drilled two of the longest ice cores ever taken from the Peruvian Andes.

Study: Tibetan ice fields may be melting

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said cores drilled from a Himalayan ice field lack a radioactive marker found in virtually every other ice core retrieved worldwide.

Study: Peruvian glacier might soon vanish

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. glaciologist says it is likely Peru's Qori Kalis glacier will disappear within five years, providing the clearest evidence yet of climate change.

Study: Ice disappearing from Kilimanjaro

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Ohio State University scientists, five years after warning the ice fields on Mount Kilimanjaro might melt, now say their prediction is coming true.

Researchers probe climate change mystery

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ice samples from the peaks of tropical mountains might help researchers solve an ancient climate mystery that could have changed human history.

Lonnie Thompson (b. 1948), is a paleoclimatologist and Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University. He has achieved global recognition for his drilling and analysis of ice cores from mountain glaciers and ice caps in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. He and his wife, Ellen Mosley-Thompson, run the ice core paleoclimatology research group at the Byrd Polar Research Center.

Lonnie Thompson was born July 1, 1948 in Huntington, West Virginia. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marshall University, where he majored in geology. He subsequently attended The Ohio State University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology. In the 1970s, he was the first scientist "to retrieve ice samples from a remote tropical ice cap and analyze them for ancient climate signals." He created the ice core research program at Ohio State while still a graduate student there. In regards to the dedication required to attain this ice, one author writes:

Thompson and his colleagues have managed to drill into tropical glaciers with nothing more to rely on than a combination of modest funding, low-tech equipment, ingenuity and sheer muscle power. Because the thin air at high altitudes precludes the use of helicopters, all of the drilling equipment and supplies must be carried up and down the slopes by yaks, mules, horses or humans...

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