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U.S. Geological Survey's Borehole Temperature Logs from Arctic Alaska, pre-1989

This dataset consists of borehole temperature measurements acquired in permafrost regions of arctic Alaska between 1950 and 1988 by the U.S. Geological Survey. A large number of the 87 sites (boreholes) represented in this dataset are deep enough to penetrate the base of permafrost.

Papers resulting from analysis of this dataset include studies of contemporary climate change, regional heat flow, depth of permafrost, the stable depths for gas hydrates, the effects of ocean transgression on permafrost, and the general thermal regime of continuous permafrost in northern Alaska.

Max Brewer was the principal investigator prior to 1956. Art Lachenbruch then led the Alaska effort through 1989. Data collection methods changed considerably during this time period. Gary Clow has been the principal investigator since 1989. For further information, contact either Gary Clow or Art Lachenbruch.

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