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Antarctica Gamburstev Province project
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Antarctica Gamburstev Province project

July 27, 2010
An artist's rendering of the Antarctica Gamburstev Province (AGAP) project. The AGAP project was organized as part of the fourth International Polar Year. The project will study the roughly 4 kilometers-deep-layer of 1.2 million-year-old glacial ice--the East Antarctic Ice Sheet--to expose the mountains, like the Gamburtsevs, and lakes hidden below it. AGAP data will help scientists to determine the origin of the Ice Sheet and the Gamburtsev Mountain's role in it. The National Science Foundation (NSF), in its role as manager of the U.S. Antarctic Program, will provide much of the complex logistical support that will make the discoveries possible and supports a number of researchers involved with the project.