A reading that explains how the analyses of hydrogen and oxygen isotopes from ice cores determine past temperatures on Earth.
Students will learn how isotopic ratios of hydrogen and oxygen in water molecules from the ice-cores can be used to infer temperature variations in the past on Earth.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
|How are past temperatures determined from an ice core?
|Chemistry, Earth Sciences
|Topic(s) in Discipline
|Atomic Number, Atomic Mass, Cryosphere, Isotopes, Isotopic Ratios, Isotopic Fractionation, δ18O, Stable Isotopes, SMOW, Paleoclimate Reconstruction
|Climate and the Cryosphere
|Type of tool
|High School, Undergraduate
|SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, a Division of Springer Nature America, Inc.