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Proxy records of biogenic sulfur gas obtained from ice cores suggest that variability in marine biogenic sulfur emissions may reflect changes in climate [Saigne and Legrand, 1987; Legrand et al., 1988, Legrand et al., 1991; Anderson and Charlson, 1991]. Increased sea‐ice extent has previously been proposed as one cause of relatively high methanesulfonic acid (MSA) in glacial‐age ice core samples [Gibson et al., 1990]. We have analyzed MSA, one of the oxidation products of the biogenic sulfur gas dimethylsulfide [Hatakeyama et al., 1985], from snowpit samples recovered from a coastal site in Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Time series of MSA correlate significantly with the longest continuous record available of Southern Ocean sea‐ice extent (two decades) [Jacka, 1990].
Welch, K. A.; Mayewski, Paul Andrew; and Whitlow, S. I., "Methanesulfonic Acid in Coastal Antarctic Snow Related to Sea‐ice Extent" (1993). Earth Science Faculty Scholarship. 189.
Welch, K. A., P. A. Mayewski, and S. I. Whitlow (1993), Methanesulfonic acid in coastal Antarctic snow related to sea‐ice extent, Geophysical Research Letters, 20(6), 443–446, doi:10.1029/93GL00499. http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/1993/93GL00499.shtml
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