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The South Pole Ice Coring (SPICE) drill returns to the surface after retrieving an ice core | by U.S. Ice Drilling
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The South Pole Ice Coring (SPICE) drill returns to the surface after retrieving an ice core

The South Pole Ice Coring (SPICE) drill returns to the surface after retrieving an ice core. The South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) project plans to drill to a depth of 1,500 meters, a depth that is estimated to cover about 40,000 years of climate history. This is part of an initiative called International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences, which seeks to create a network of ice cores over similar timescales spread across both Antarctica and Greenland. The target of 40,000 years represents the transition from the last ice age, known as a glacial, to the present warm period called an interglacial. Photograph By: Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation

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Taken on January 22, 2015