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A special drill is used to extract ice cores from Taylor Glacier for a study using microscopic grains of dust. Blown Past
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday April 24, 2014

Antarctica conjures many different images depending on the imagination. Ice. Cold. Penguins. For Sarah Aciego, it's dust that landed on the ice sheet thousands of years ago. These microscopic grains are important for understanding planet dynamics.
IDDO driller Mike Jayred measures an ice core atop of Taylor Glacier during the 2013-14 summer field season. Cooking With Gas
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday April 24, 2014

The term "now we're cooking with gas" takes on a different meaning atop Taylor Glacier, where scientists are extracting and melting big ice cores to measure ancient concentrations of methane. Understanding the source of the greenhouse gas will offer clues about abrupt climate changes in the past.

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