Title

The effects of flowline length evolution on chemistry-d180 profiles from the Penny ice cap, Baffin Island, Canada

Abstract

The isotopic and chemical signatures for ice-age and Holocene ice from Summit, Greenland, and Penny Ice Cap, Baffin Island, Canada, are compared.The usual pattern of low d 18O, high Ca2+ and high Cl^ is presented in the Summit records, but Penny Ice Cap has lower than present Cl^ in its ice-age ice. A simple extension of the Hansson model (Hansson, 1994) is developed and used to simulate these signatures. The low iceage Cl^ from Penny Ice Cap is explained by having the ice-age ice originating many thousands of km inland near the centre of the Laurentide ice sheet and much further from the marine sources. Summit’s flowlines all start close to the present site. The Penny Ice Cap early-Holocene d 18O’s had to be corrected to offset the Laurentide meltwater distortion. The analysis suggests that presently the Summit and Penny Ice Cap marine impurity originates about 500 km away, and that presently Penny Ice Cap receives a significant amount of local continental impurity.

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Journal Title

Annals of Glaciology

Publisher

International Glaciological Society

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.3189/172756402781817257

Document Type

Article