PRISM logo

Polar Radar for Ice Sheet Measurements

Curved ice line
Jagged line
Photo Pages Data Pages Information Pages

Man bent over the box of core samples with a magnifying glass in his hand. Many flags on the core samples.
©2000 - Photo by Betty Trummel


13. Marco Taviani, from Italy, was on another team that looked for fossils in the core. Some fossils could be seen with a magnifying glass, while other teams of scientists used microscopes to study the core.


Betty at the drill press, drilling samples. She is dressed in avery dirty lab coat. A scientist is supervising.
©2000 - Photo by Betty Trummel


14. My science team had to drill small cylindrical samples that would fit into specific machines for measurement. I spent hours each day helping with this task. We would often drill 40-60 samples in an afternoon. Each sample then had to be labeled, organized, and measurements taken on several machines. We spent 10-12 hours each day in the lab. I enjoyed learning more about geology and transferring what I learned to students and teachers through my journals and digital photographs.


A few buildings and vehicles on very flat ice. The drill rig looks like two trailers stacked one on top of the other with a tall derrick above it.
©2000 - Photo by Betty Trummel


15. I also had the opportunity to travel to the drill site, which was about an hour helicopter ride from McMurdo. It was good to learn more about the project and how the boxes of core we were receiving each day in McMurdo were drilled and prepared at the remote camp. This drilling rig is set up on the sea ice, which is about 10 meters thick. The drilling rig is extremely heavy and I was amazed at how much weight the ice could support.


More Photos

Return to Bears On Ice Home Page






Photo Pages Data Pages Information Pages



PRISM © 2002, 2003 is brought to you by
NSF logo
National Science Foundation University of Kansas
NASA logo
KTEC logo
Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation
University of Kansas logo
University of Kansas