Ice Cores: From Field to Lab Hover over each photo to learn more about how we collect and analyze ice cores Getting There A specialized transport plane helps us travel to and from ice sheets. The Team Smaller planes, helicopters, or snowmobiles help us move around the ice. (This is part of our Greenland traverse team) Drilling Erich collecting a core in Greenland using a Kovacs Mark III hand auger. Ice Core Dirty ice from the bottom of the Denali 1 Core. Cold Room We use our cold room to prepare ice cores for sampling. The Lab Ice is melted inside the freezer (left). Dust and conductivity is measured in the meltwater before it is collected in discrete samples under HEPA clean benches (right). Ice Melting A specially designed melthead separates meltwater from the inner and outer cores. Sample Collection We collect meltwater into discrete samples. Later, we can do any number of chemical analyses on these samples, such as ion chromatography. That's how we melt ice!