The South Pole ice core is archived at the National Science Foundation - Ice Core Facility (NSF-ICF) in Denver, CO. Refer to their website for information on how to request ice samples.
The graphic below shows the timeline of major project activities. Science meetings were also held in the fall of 2018 and 2019. See the sections below for a more detailed explanation of the activities that took place each field season.
|Field Season||Major Activities||Documents|
|Depths drilled (m)||5-736||736-1751||NA|
|Total depth drilled||731||1015||NA|
|Total drilling days||48||50||NA|
|Depths shipped to NSF-ICF (m)||5-585||585-735; 1078-1478||735-1078; 1478-1751|
|Total shipped to NSF-ICF||580||550||616|
|Personnel on-site||7 drillers, 1 science lead1, 2 core handlers||7 drillers, 1 science lead1, 2 core handlers2||2 drillers, 1 science lead, 2 core handlers|
1Two people filled the role by each deploying for half of the season.
2Three core handlers deployed with one staying the entire season and two others splitting the season in half.
|Season||Cold-deck flight date||Meters of ice shipped||Total ISC boxes shipped||Depths shipped||Tube numbers shipped||In-flight observer|
aAn additional four ISC boxes containing two 10-meter-long (101.6 mm (4 in) diameter) hand-augered firn cores were also shipped, bringing the total number of ISC boxes shipped on the cold-deck to 64.
bAn additional two ISC boxes containing fugitive gas flasks for Scripps Institution of Oceanography were also shipped.
|Austral summer||Depths processed (m)||Total depth processed (m)||Total CPL days||Ave. processing rate (m d-1)||Samples cut|
|2016||555-734 and 1078-1462||563||15||38||3104|
|2017||734-1078 and 1462-1751||633||17||37||3574|
This science was funded through the Antarctic Glaciology Program - Office of Polar Programs - National Science Foundation. We thank the U.S. Ice Drilling Program for building the Intermediate Depth Drill and its core handling system and drilling the ice core; the 109th New York Air National Guard for airlift in Antarctica; NSF's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics and Antarctic Support Contractors and the members of the South Pole station who facilitated the field operations; and the National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility for ice core processing and archiving.