WAIS Divide Research Published in the Journal Nature
Celebrating success at 3,405 meters!
A Researcher Examines Layers in a Snow Pit Deposited by Different Storms
Inside A Core Processing Line at the National Ice Core Laboratory
Co-Lead Driller Kristina Dahnert Next to the DISC Drill
A One-Meter Long Section of Ice Core with A Dark Ash Layer
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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core

On December 1, 2011, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide ice core project, funded by the National Science Foundation, reached its final depth of 3405 meters (11,171 feet; over 2 miles), recovering the longest U.S. ice core to date from the polar regions. The 12.2-centimeter (4.8-inch) diameter cylinders of ice that make up the ice core contain uniquely detailed information on past environmental conditions during the last 68,000 years, such as the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases, surface air temperature, wind patterns, the extent of sea ice around Antarctica, and the average temperature of the ocean. Successfully retrieving the ice core is the culmination of an eight-year project to obtain a paleoclimate record from one of the remotest parts of the Antarctic continent. Learn more about WAIS Divide.

LATEST NEWS

WAIS Divide Research Published in the journal Nature :: NSF Press Release
Antarctic ice core reveals how sudden climate changes in North Atlantic moved south. More...
Important Announcement Regarding 2015 WAIS Divide Science Meeting
The next WAIS Divide science meeting will be a joint meeting with the South Pole Ice Core (SPICE Core) project. Although the details have not yet been worked out, WAIS Divide will be part of the joint meeting which will occur on 22-23 September 2015 (Tues-Weds), in La Jolla, California. More...
WAIS Divide Research Published in the journal Nature :: Press Release
New study shows three abrupt pulses of CO2 during last deglaciation. More...
WAIS Divide Research Published in the journal Nature :: Press Release
Earth orbit changes key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age. More...
Antarctic Ice Core Contains Unrivaled Detail of Past Climate :: NSF Press Release
A team of U.S. ice-coring scientists and engineers in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), have recovered from the ice sheet a record of past climate and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that extends back 68,000 years. More...

FIELD UPDATES

Stay up to date with the 2014-15 field season activities at WAIS Divide by reading each week's Situation Report (SITREP).

To read weekly updates about the drilling of the new ice core at South Pole, visit the South Pole Ice Core website.


ATTENTION SCIENTISTS

Investigators from the United States need to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to obtain ice samples or access the borehole. If you are planning on submitting a proposal to NSF, you must contact the WAIS Divide Science Coordination Office (SCO) before submitting your proposal and obtain a letter from the SCO stating that your proposal is consistent with the WAIS Divide operation plan. In order to initiate this process, investigators must submit a Sample Request Form to the SCO. Sample requests may take up to 6 weeks to process depending on the complexity of the request and other workloads.

If the SCO approves your Sample Request, the SCO will provide you with a Letter of Support stating that your proposal is consistent with the WAIS Divide operation plan. ** This Letter of Support needs to be submitted with your NSF proposal. **

For more information, please read this.