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Oxygen isotope composition of surface snow collected along the traverse route from Zhongshan Station toward Dome A, Antarctica 

Polar Meteorology and Glaciology, No. 16, p. 133-139, 2002 

M. Yan, Y. Li, D. Tan, J. Wen, D. Wang, B. Sun, J. Kang and L. Liu
Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200129, P.R., China.
C.U. Hammer and N.S. Gundestrup
Geofysisk Afdeling, Niels Bohr Instituttet for Astronomi, Fysik og Geofysik, Københavns Universitet

ABSTRACT.
Oxygen isotope composition of surface snow sampled in the austral summer of 1998/1999 along the traverse route from Zhongshan Station toward Dome A, Antarctica is measured with the conventional mass spectrometer technique. The results of measurement show that oxygen isotope composition of surface snow varies in a wide range from -22.51‰ to -50.67‰, and has a tendency that isotopic values gradually decrease with increase of distance from Zhongshan Station and altitude. Linear regression analysis indicates that there exists good correlation between oxygen isotope composition of surface snow and distance from Zhongshan Station, altitude and/or latitude, which actually reflects the close relation between stable isotope composition and air temperature.