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The shelves for storing the 2-meter long sections of brittle ice

Inside the core storage trench. The trench serves as a storage area for all of the drilled ice until it is ready to be flown from South Pole Station to McMurdo Station. In addition, all of the ice from the 'brittle ice zone' is stored in the trench over winter, in 2-meter long sections, to provide more time to relax internal stresses before the ice is cut into 1-meter sections and shipped back to the U.S. Shown here are the shelves for storing the 2-meter long sections of brittle ice. The ice shown was drilled during the 2015/16 field season. Photo credit: Murat Aydin

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Taken on December 16, 2015