Dominion Range

General Information

The Dominion Range is located along the edge of the East Antarctic ice sheet, approximately 500 km from the South Pole and 120 km from the Ross Ice Shelf, at the confluence of Beardmore and Mill Glaciers. During the 1984 austral summer, the University of New Hampshire undertook a field program on the plateau of the Dominion Range. Studies conducted during the field program included: (1) development of an ice drainage map for the study region (figure 1), (2) radio-echo sounding in the general region of the drill site, (3) surface and detailed snowpit (6 meters and 1-2 meters deep) sampling, and (4) collection of a 201-meter core (drilled by the University of Nebraska's Polar Ice Coring Office) including on-site examination of the physical condition of the core, temperature, and density. The 201 m long, 10 cm diameter, core has been heavily sampled and the remaining archive at the ICF is not continuous.

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Publications
  • Barletta R, Priscu J, Mader H, Jones W, and Roe C (2012) Chemical analysis of ice vein microenvironments: II. Analysis of glacial samples from Greenland and Antarctica. Journal of Glaciology, 58(212), 1109-1118. https://doi.org/10.3189/2012JoG12J112
  • Mayewski PA and others (1995) An ice-core based, late Holocene history for the Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica. Contributions to Antarctic Research IV, Antarctic Res. Series, 67:33-45.
  • Grootes P, Stuiver M, Saling T, Mayewski P, Spencer M, Alley R, and Jenssen D (1990) A 1400-Year Oxygen Isotope History from the Ross Sea Area, Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology, 14, 94-98. https://doi.org/10.3189/S0260305500008338
  • Jo Spencer M, Mayewski P, Lyons WB, Twickler M, and Grootes P (1990) A 3500-Year Ice Chemistry Record From The Dominion Range, Antarctica: Linkages Between Climatic Variations and Precipitation Chemistry. Annals of Glaciology, 14, 358-358. https://doi.org/10.3189/S0260305500009356
  • Mayewski PA and Legrand MR (1990) Recent increase in nitrate concentration of Antarctic snow, Nature, 346, 258-260.
  • Mayewski PA, Twickler MS, Lyons WB, Spencer MJ, Meese DA, Gow AJ, Grootes P, Sowers T, Watson MS, and Saltzman E (1990) The Dominion Range ice core, Queen Maud Mountains, Antarctica-General site and core characteristics with implications, J. Glaciol., 36, 11-16. https://doi.org/10.3189/S0022143000005499
  • Mayewski PA, Lyons WB, Spencer MJ, Twickler MS, Grootes P, and Stuiver M (1988) A climatic record using an ice core from the Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica, Annals of Glaciology 10: 211. https://doi.org/10.3189/S0260305500004572
  • Mayewski PA, Spencer MJ, Lyons WB, Twickler MS, and Dibb J (1988) Ice core records and ozone depletion―Potential for a proxy ozone record. Antarctic Journal of the United States. 23(5): 64-68.
  • Mayewski PA (1986) Dominion Range ice core. Antarctic Journal of the United States, 21(5): 120-121.