National Science Foundation
Office of Polar Programs
Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: Field sites near South Pole Station
The South Pole Ice Core (SPICE Core) project will collect a 1500-meter ice core from a site within five kilometers of the South Pole Station. The ice core will provide an environmental record spanning approximately 40,000 years that will be used to investigate the magnitude and timing of changes in climate and climate forcing through time. The target of 40,000 years includes the transition from the peak of the last glacial period when ice sheets were at their maximum extent, referred to as the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), to the present warm period (the Holocene) called an interglacial period. The main activities of this season are the shipping of all remaining ice cores (616 meters of core via three cold-deck LC-130 flights from South Pole to McMurdo Station) that are still onsite, disassembly of all remaining drilling and field equipment, including the drill tent, and concomitant shipping of equipment and cargo to the United States.
Field Season Overview:
This season, researchers will select the drill site location and do some site preparation activities. Actual drilling will not start until the 2014-15 field season.