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Recent accumulation rate at Dome A, Antarctica

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Based on the horizon of β activity and the density profiles, recent accumulation rate at Dome A, Antarctica is calculated to be 0.023 m water equivalent per year. This value is comparative to the accumulation rates deduced from the other inland sites of Antarctica. Clear-sky precipitation (or diamond dust) dominates the total precipitation at Dome A region. We speculate Dome A as a potential site to discover the oldest ice in Antarctica due to its tremendous ice thickness (> 3000 m), extremely low accumulation rate, and low ice velocity.

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Correspondence to Hou ShuGui.

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Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 40576001) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. 100 Talents Project and KZCX3-SW-354)

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Hou, S., Li, Y., Xiao, C. et al. Recent accumulation rate at Dome A, Antarctica. CHINESE SCI BULL 52, 428–431 (2007).

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