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San Francisco, California, USA -- December 2000

Data from ice cores from glaciers and mountain summits allow scientists a glimpse into the frozen past, providing valuable information about the global climate that existed in recent years and thousands of years ago. Data from these icy archives will soon be available at a one-stop shop on the Internet, thanks to an agreement between two major data centers, according to Dr. C. Mark Eakin, head of NOAA's Paleoclimatology Program. He was addressing attendees of the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco Friday. "A new partnership has been established to meet the needs of scientists to obtain data, as well as to provide an organized, long-term archive for the data," Eakin said. "The new Ice Core Gateway provides one-stop shopping from which scientists, educators, and the public can access ice-core research from a variety of disciplines. It will also provide an easy way for scientists to contribute their data to the data centers."

The data centers involved with the project are the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology and the National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology, both located in Boulder, Colorado. Eakin and his colleagues David Anderson, Rob Bauer, Greg Scharfen, and Ted Scambos presented the information about the new Web site to scientists studying paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, and hydrology. The new Web site will be available online at

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