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Atmospheric Circulation and Glaciochemical Records

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Glaciochemical records; Ice core records

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Atmospheric circulation. Patterns of horizontal and vertical air movements above earth surface, mainly including movement strength and direction.

Glaciochemical records. Chemical species data recorded in glacier snow/ice.

Since chemical species were analyzed from ice cores retrieved from glaciers or ice sheet and were used to investigate climate and environmental changes in 1960s, the environmental significances of glaciochemical records has been acknowledged by the researchers. Glaciochemistry is mainly influenced by atmospheric chemistry which has been stored in the glacier by dry and wet deposition. Atmospheric chemical species are affected by their sources and transport strength (namely atmospheric circulation change). Therefore, the glaciochemical records have been used not only in reconstructing the paleoenvironmental changes, but also for understanding the changes in atmospheric circulation.

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Kang, S. (2011). Atmospheric Circulation and Glaciochemical Records. In: Singh, V.P., Singh, P., Haritashya, U.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2642-2_30

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