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A science team member prepares to extract an ice core from the drill

A science team member prepares to extract an ice core from the drill. 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