Ice cores are unique with their entrapped air inclusions. They enable a direct sampling of past changes in atmospheric trace-gas composition. The Vostok ice-core record extends through eight ice age cycles. For a full scientific discussion of ice cores, visit Science Magazine
Data for this project has been assembled from a vast array of ice core studies by Garry Clarke and Philippe Tortell at the University of British Columbia, Canada. This fundamental data was sonified by Chris Chafe at Stanford University. Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, and George Hilley created the walkable experience of the Ice Core Walk with stories contributed by Hanna Black, Liz Carlisle, Emma Hutchingson, and Ashley Overbeek, all also at Stanford University. Greg Niemeyer and Mike Ghaussy, UC Berkeley maintain this web page.
Link to repository of the data in csv format here.
If you enjoyed your walking experience, please consider donating to the Ice Core Walk team. All proceeds support project maintenance and development. Link to paypal donations here.
The free iTunes ShoMe app allows you to set a start point and an end point for your walk. The ShoMe app tracks your position and plays segments of the audio tour exactly synched to your walk.
Load this audio file (coming soon) onto your phone, connect your headphones, hit play and walk as long as the sound plays. You will have walked the full length of the Vostok Ice Core, and hear the stories of major geophysical events. Each step of your walk equals about 100 years. At the very end of the walk, you will reach the present and its dramatically increasing CO2 and Temperature levels.
Load this audio file onto your phone, connect your headphones, hit play and walk as long as the sound plays. You will have walked the full length of the Vostock Ice Core, and hear the stories of major geophysical events. Each step equals about 100 years. At the very end of the walk, you will reach the present and its stunning CO2 and Temperature levels.