Title: Cosmogenic 10Be and Paleoaccumulation Rates at WAIS Divide from 12-19 kyr BP
Author: Welten, K.C., Woodruff, T.E. and Caffee, M.W.
Periodical: American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2012, abstract #C13A-0602

Concentrations of cosmogenic 10Be in polar ice samples are affected by variations in solar activity, geomagnetic field strength, atmospheric mixing and annual snow accumulation rates. We are presently engaged in a study to obtain a continuous 10Be record in a deep ice core (WDC06A) that was drilled at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide, a site with an average snow accumulation rate of ~20 cm weq/yr, similar to the GISP2 site in Greenland. We previously reported 10Be in annual layers in the top 114 m of WDC06A (Woodruff et al. 2011) and 10Be and 36Cl at decadal resolution in the top 560 m (Welten et al. 2009), and are now measuring 10Be in samples from a depth of 1800-2500 m, corresponding to preliminary ages of 10-20 kyr BP. We separated 10Be from ice samples of 300-600 g, following procedures described previously (Finkel and Nishiizumi 1997) and measured 10Be concentrations by accelerator mass spectrometry at PRIME lab. So far, we measured 10Be in 50 ice samples with ages between 12.3-13.9 kyr BP, at a resolution of ~30 yr/sample, and 50 samples from 15.6-19.0 kyr BP at an average resolution of ~70 yr/sample. The 10Be depth profile shows a relative constant value of (28 ± 3) x 10^3 atoms/g for samples younger than 18 kyr BP and a value of (41 ± 3) x 10^3 atoms/g for ice from 18.2-19.0 kyr BP. These values are 50-120% higher than the average concentration of 18.4 x 10^3 atoms/g for WAIS Divide ice samples from the last 420 year of snow accumulation. Although the higher 10Be concentrations in ice from the last glacial stage can be partly attributed to a 10-20% lower geomagnetic field strength (and thus a higher global 10Be production rate), they are mainly due to lower snow accumulation rates during the last glacial stage. After applying corrections for changes in geomagnetic field strength based on the SINT-800 record, we derive average snow accumulation rates of 13-15 cm weq/yr for the age interval of 12-18 kyr BP and of ~10 cm weq/yr for 18.2-19.0 kyr BP. A more complete 10Be depth profile will be presented at the meeting. Acknowledgment. This work was supported by NSF grants ANT-0839042 and 0839137. References. Finkel R. C. and Nishiizumi K. (1997). J. Geophys. Res. 102, 26,699-26,706. Welten K. C. et al. (2009) AGU Fall meeting, Abstract #C41A-0440. Woodruff T. E. et al. (2011) AGU Fall meeting, Abstract #C21A-0454.

Year: 2012