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Remote Siberian Lake Holds Clues to Arctic--and Antarctic--Climate Change

Posted Jun 21 2012 2:00pm

Photo of snow and ice covering a building at Lake E in the Russian Arctic.

Intense warm climate intervals--warmer than scientists thought possible--have occurred in the Arctic over the past 2.8 million years.

That result comes from the first analyses of the longest sediment cores ever retrieved on land. They were obtained from beneath remote, ice-covered Lake El'gygytgyn (pronounced El'gee-git-gin) ("Lake E") in the northeastern Russian Arctic.

The journal Science published the findings this week.

They show that the extreme warm ...

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This is an NSF News item.

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