The geochemistry of ice in the southeastern Alps, Slovenia

Keywords: glaciochemistry, glaciokarst, ice caves, cave ice, water isotope, Triglav Glacier, Skuta Glacier


The Triglav Glacier in the Julian Alps and the Skuta Glacier in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps are among the south-easternmost glaciers in the Alps. Historical data show that ice masses are undergoing mass loss as the overall climate warms. Glacier ice and cave ice contain a wealth of paleoclimatic information, and rapid sampling is needed if any such information is to be saved before the ice is completely melted. We present the first comprehensive geochemical and water isotope data from glacier ice, meltwater, spring water, and cave ice in the Mount Triglav area and glacier ice from the Skuta Glacier. The samples primarily reflect the initial precipitation signal that has been greatly modified by the input of local CaCO3-rich dust with lesser amounts of marine aerosol and vegetation debris.


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How to Cite
Carey A, Smith D, Welch S, Zorn M, Tičar J, Lipar M, Komac B, Lyons B. The geochemistry of ice in the southeastern Alps, Slovenia. AGS [Internet]. 2020Dec.31 [cited 2021Mar.4];60(2):141-53. Available from:
Special issue: The disappearing cryosphere in the southeastern Alps