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Moving the ice cores from the drill site to South Pole Station

300 meters of ice core on its way from the drill site to South Pole Station for a cold-deck LC-130 flight to McMurdo Station. South Pole Station is 850 miles (1,360 km) south of McMurdo Station. Once in McMurdo, the ice cores are loaded into 40-foot long refrigerated containers with fully redundant cooling and power generation systems. The refrigerated containers are then loaded on the U.S. Antarctic Program's cargo vessel and transported to Port Hueneme (PTH), California. Once the cargo vessel reaches PTH, the refrigerated containers are loaded onto flatbed semi-trailer trucks and driven 1600km to the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) in Denver, Colorado. Once at the NICL, the ice cores are unloaded from the refrigerated containers and moved into the NICL’s -36 degree C archive freezer. Photo credit: Leah Street

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Uploaded on January 18, 2015