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Elbrus Ice to Help Study Ancient Atmosphere
26.08.2009 18:19
Elbrus Ice to Help Study Ancient Atmosphere
Mt. Elbrus (picture property of Alexander Karpov)

Russian scientists start first high-altitude ice drilling at Mt. Elbrus in order to collect core samples for further studies of composition of our planets ancient atmosphere.
      
      Researchers plan to drill at a height of 5150 meters, which is only 500 lower than the highest point of Mt. Elbrus, and will spend about two weeks at the drilling site.
      
      Core samples will be delivered to several laboratories, which will study air, trapped in ice during its formation. These studies are extremely interesting ice age can tell how concentration of carbon dioxide changed in Earths atmosphere with time.
      
      Ice drilling at Mt. Elbrus is the first experience of such experiments in high-altitude regions.
      
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