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   from the issue of October 12, 2006

UNL science team reports to Antarctica

By mid-October seven individuals from UNL will be on the ice in Antarctica, joining a team of world-class international geoscientists and science educators for a three-month expedition to investigate the continent's role in global climate change.

They will be part of the ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) geological drilling project to recover rock core samples from the McMurdo Sound region. Their research goal is to develop a detailed history of the Antarctic climate and the expansion and contraction of the Ross Sea area's ice sheets over the past 20 million years.

While their work will be performed half a world away from campus, anyone with Internet access can follow the project's activities through ANDRILL's expanded Web site at The site, especially its "Project Iceberg" feature, is the portal for scientific information, video journals, podcasts, photos and more from the scientists and educators on the ice.

The site was designed and developed by Megan Berg of Lincoln, a junior history major at UNL, with input from scientists, educators and other staff involved in ANDRILL. Berg, media specialist for ANDRILL's Science Management Office at UNL, will regularly update the site.

Five members of the on-ice science team for ANDRILL's McMurdo Ice Shelf Project this fall are from the Science Management Office at UNL, including staff scientist Richard Levy, education and outreach coordinator John Jackson, research support coordinator Laura Lacy, Diane Winter, a graduate student in geosciences, and Berg. They will be part of a 56-member international team working out of the Crary Laboratory at McMurdo Station from October through December.

Two other UNL geoscientists, David Harwood and Frank Rack, will also be in Antarctica this fall, doing field work to prepare for next year's Southern McMurdo Sound Project. Harwood is research director and Rack is executive director of ANDRILL's Science Management Office. Harwood is co-chief scientist for the Southern McMurdo Sound Project .



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