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A close-up of an ice core still in the drill barrel | by U.S. Ice Drilling
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A close-up of an ice core still in the drill barrel

A close-up of an ice core still in the drill barrel. SPICE core (South Pole Ice Core) will drill to a depth of 1,500 meters, collecting atmospheric gases from 40,000 years ago, the time of transition from the last ice age to the current warm climate. The project is part of a global effort to collect ice from this same time period around the world. Photograph By: Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation

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Taken on January 22, 2015