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News Release 11-022

Ice Cores Yield Rich History of Climate Change

Research project completes drilling for the year, reaching two miles below West Antarctic Ice Sheet

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Photo of a researcher examining layers in a snow pit.

A researcher examines layers in a snow pit deposited by different storms.

Credit: Kendrick Taylor, Chief Scientist, WAIS Divide Ice Core Project Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, Nevada System of Higher Education


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Photo of an ice core section coming out of a drill.

Section of ice core coming out of drill.

Credit: Mark Twickler, University of New Hampshire


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Photo of a researcher inspecting a freshly-drilled ice core.

A researcher inspects a freshly-drilled ice core.

Credit: Kendrick Taylor, Chief Scientist, WAIS Divide Ice Core Project Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, Nevada System of Higher Education


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Photo of a researcher examining an ice core.

Ice cores are 13-centimeter (5-inch) diameter cylinders of ice collected from deep in the ice sheet that reveal information about past climactic conditions.

Credit: Mark Twickler, University of New Hampshire


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