Snow Pit Wall
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Snow Pit Wall

July 2, 2010
Snow Pit Wall Desert Research Institute scientist Kendrick Taylor stands in front of the snow pit wall at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide (WAIS Divide) Ice Core Project in Antarctica. The wall is part of a study of layers of ice thousands of years old. For the project, Ice Coring and Drilling Services of the University of Wisconsin-Madison built and is operating a state-of-the art, deep ice-coring drill, which is more like a piece of scientific equipment than a conventional rock drill used in petroleum exploration. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver, Colo., designed the core handling system. Raytheon Polar Services Corporation provides the logistical support. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Program's U.S. Antarctic Program funds the project. The core will be archived at the National Ice Core Laboratory, which is run by the USGS with funding from NSF. To learn more about WAIS Divide, visit the program Web site. (Date of Image: winter 2007-2008)

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