Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- "It's a BIG DEAL to do this. It's not easy," says Penny Morton, Associate Dean at UMD's College of Science and Engineering
That could be said about most any trip to Antarctica, but is especially true for a UMD professor who will be joining other researchers attempting to drill deep into Antarctic ice.
"We're able to get to parts of the ice sheet that no one has ever seen before. We can not only get deeper and older paleo climate records by drilling into the deep ice, but we're hopeful we can see what the conditions are at the base of the ice sheet," says Professor John Goodge, UMD Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Professor John Goodge is spearheading the project and he says those conditions have been widely speculated because they're up to two miles under ice.
Thanks to a nearly nine million dollar grant to UMD, a new drilling platform called the Rapid Access Ice Drill, or RAID will be constructed to be transported to Antarctica. The project speaks highly of UMD researchers.