November 30, 2021
Efforts are about to get under way to drill a core of ice in Antarctica that contains a record of Earth’s climate stretching back 1.5 million years.
A European team will set up its equipment at one of the highest locations on the White Continent, for an operation likely to take four years.
The project aims to recover a near-3km-long cylinder of frozen material.
Scientists hope this ice can help them explain why Earth’s ice ages flipped in frequency in the deep past.
“Beyond EPICA”, as the project is known, is a follow-up to a similar venture at the turn of the millennium called simply EPICA (European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica).