South Pole Ice Core



Title: Getting to the Bottom of SPICECORE
Author: Lucibella, M
Periodical: The Antarctic Sun

As the winch extracted a two-meter-long cylinder of ancient ice in late December, Murat Aydin looked on.

"If we can keep this pace up we should be able to hit 1,600 meters," he said. "This is going to be the deepest ice core drilled at the South Pole by quite a margin."

By the end of the project a month later, researchers with the South Pole Ice Core project, known more succinctly as SPICECORE, had exceeded even their most ambitious goals.

Aydin is an atmospheric chemist at the University of California, Irvine and the lead scientist on SPICECORE. The project wrapped up its two-year drilling effort at the South Pole in late January, having collected ice samples from 1,751 meters (5,744 feet) below the surface, more than 200 meters (656 feet) deeper than the original goal.

Year: 2016