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Press Release 10-132

Bedrock Is a Milestone in Climate Research

International team of climate researchers drill through a mile and half of the Greenland ice sheet in search of climate change insights

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Photo of a woman in a snowsuit standing in a crowd inside a lab building holding a long ice core.

The team at NEEM celebrates the final core sample collected at bedrock level, or over 8,300 feet beneath the Greenland ice sheet. The multi-year drilling project was a collaboration of scientists from 14 different countries and sought to gather ice core samples from the Eemian period, about 130,000 to 115,000 years ago. The Eemian period ice cores should yield a host of information about conditions on Earth during that time of abrupt climate change, giving climate scientists valuable data about future conditions as our own climate changes.

Credit: NEEM Project Office


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Photo of gloved hands holding an ice core sample with black layers containing bits of rock.

The very last ice core sample collected from the NEEM project. The layers of black contain bits of rock that were trapped in the ice over 100,000 years ago.

Credit: NEEM Project Office


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