Category: Antarctic Field Trip to Taylor Glacier

Rapid Natural Carbon Dioxide Jumps – and Goodbye!

This is my last post before the site shuts down! On the one hand, I want to share with you the most recent and exciting work we could just publish in Science. It shows a new and surprisingly… Read More

How to measure noble gases in ice cores

With the publication of our paper about how we measure noble gases in ice core samples, this very exciting project comes to an (preliminary) end. What a nice reward that we could provide the cover image for the… Read More

The Daily Work of a Polar Ice Core Driller – Video

Time flies, footage stays. A bit more than a year ago, I lived the life of an ice core driller in Antarctica. Here is the long-awaited ice core drilling video with some explanatory elements for everybody to share… Read More

The Ice Arrived!

Several months after drilling the ice cores on Taylor Glacier, they finally arrived at our lab. A moment to celebrate that nothing went wrong on the way, and before. I have to admit, it was a pretty special… Read More

Drilling Ice Cores – Time Lapse Video

On the Taylor Glacier we spent a lot of time drilling ice cores with the big Blue Ice Drill (BID). Here a little time lapse video of us drilling the top three meters of one of our many… Read More

Goodbye Taylor Glacier – Goodbye Antarctica

After three weeks of field work on Taylor Glacier, four of us left the field (incl. me) while eight are continuing until beginning of January. Here some impressions from an amazing time at an amazing place.   To be… Read More

Why we are interested in radiocarbon

The most spectacular work that is done on the field is probably melting every day 1 ton of ice in a huge vacuum chamber. Back in the lab, the released air from the ice will be analyzed for its… Read More

The last warm period: an analog for our future?

In ice core research we would love to probe a time period that was warmer than today for better predictions of our future. However, these time periods have been rare in what we can cover with ice cores,… Read More

Heading out to Taylor Glacier in the Dry Valleys

After a week of training and preparation in McMurdo station we are flying to our field site: Taylor Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. The protection of Antarctica through the international treaties make visiting this continent a bit… Read More

Living in McMurdo

The biggest “town” in Antarctica is McMurdo Station where we stayed the past week to prepare our field work. Some people love it, others hate it, but there is no doubt that it is a very special place…. Read More