Ice Cores: From Field to Lab

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)


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!