This short video by the National Science Foundation briefly describes why scientists use ice cores to understand our planet's past. This video documents the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide ice coring project which took place from 2005-2013 (with more field seasons planned until 2018!) . The WAIS Divide ice core is a much deeper ice core (3,405 meters) compared to the future SPice core (anticipated to be 1,500 meters). More information about the WAIS Divide ice core can be found here.
Thanks for coming to my Ice Core blog! Here I will be sharing my adventure of traveling to and living in Antarctica for three months as part of a science team drilling a new ice core at the South Pole. This new ice core funded by the National Science Foundation will provide scientists with around 40,000 years worth of environmental data! I am very grateful to get the opportunity to travel to the South Pole and work with outstanding scientists and ice core drillers from around the world. Please come back and follow the progress as we drill 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) into the ice!
Until next time,
Mindy Nicewonger is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine.
Banner photo: Mindy standing in front of the C-130 Hercules in McMurdo, Antarctica (Nov. 2014).