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The South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) field camp is located about two kilometers from the South Pole Station | by U.S. Ice Drilling
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The South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) field camp is located about two kilometers from the South Pole Station

The South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) field camp is located about two kilometers from the South Pole Station. The very cold ice at the South Pole is particularly useful for capturing miniscule traces of rare gases in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, the most heavily studied gas due to its influence on climate, is measured in parts per million. Some of the gases researchers are interested in studying to understand past climate from the SPICE core are measured in parts per trillion. Photograph By: Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation

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Taken on January 22, 2015