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No joke—freezing record of climate change to land in Denver this week
Released: 4/1/2008 2:15:36 PM

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Reston, VA 20192
Heidi Koontz 1-click interview
Phone: 303-202-4763



Scientists Drill 1,902 Foot Ice Core to Help Study 100,000 Years of Climate History

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Spring may be here, but a chilly 1,529-foot cylinder of ice (cut into meter long pieces) will make its way to Denver to be analyzed and provide clues to the last 100,000 years of earth's climate history.   This is a section of what is hoped to be an 11,300-foot column of ice, just over two-miles long.

Meet Geoff Hargreaves and Brian Bencivengo, two U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists who spent over two months helping to obtain the core in Antarctica, and capture images of the core being transported from the freezer truck to the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL).  The NICL is run by the USGS with funding from the National Science Foundation.

When: 

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
2:30 p.m. (estimated arrival of trucks)

Where: 

USGS/NSF National Ice Core Laboratory, Building 810, Door S25, Denver Federal Center
See map at:  http://nicl.usgs.gov/dia.htm

Reporters/editors:  In order to guarantee timely entry onto the Denver Federal Center, please RSVP as soon as possible to Heidi Koontz at 303-202-4763 or hkoontz@usgs.gov.


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