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19 December 2016

Oldest ice on Earth

Leading Ice and Climate scientists are looking for the oldest ice on Earth

The European Commission funds the project ”Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice” (BE-OI) which is coordinated by the German Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. The project goal is for ice and climate scientists from 14 institutions from European countries to find 1.5 million year old ice in Antarctica. 1.5 million years old ice core would allow scientists to decipher past processes in the climate system to improve future prognoses of climate development. The oldest ice core that is currently found goes back 800,000 years in time. Niels Bohr Institute is one of the partners in the project. Professor and head of the Centre for Ice and Climate Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and chief driller Trevor Popp, also from the Centre for Ice and Climate, are involved in the project.

Read more in the article on Eurekalert:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/awih-tqf111416.php