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ANDRILL - ANtarctic geological DRILLing

Description
image courtesy Josh Landis and the National Science FoundationANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) is a multinational collaboration comprised of more than 200 scientists, students, and educators from five nations (Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) to recover stratigraphic records from the Antarctic margin using Cape Roberts Project (CRP) technology. The chief objective is to drill back in time to recover a history of paleoenvironmental changes that will guide our understanding of how fast, how large, and how frequent were glacial and interglacial changes in the Antarctica region. Future scenarios of global warming require guidance and constraint from past history that will reveal potential timing frequency and site of future changes.

(© image courtesy Josh Landis and the National Science Foundation)

Location

  • Antarctica, McMurdo, 77° 51' S, 166° 40' E

Project Start and End

  • McMurdo Ice Shelf Project (MIS), October, 2006 to January, 2007
  • Southern McMurdo Sound Project (SMS), October to December, 2007

Programs and Funding

  • National Science Foundation, United States Antarctic Program, U.S.A.
  • U.S. ANDRILL Consortium
  • Antarctica New Zealand
  • Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide, Italy
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • University of Leeds, School of Earth Sciences

Principal Investigators

  • Tim Naish (MIS), Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand
  • Ross Powell (MIS), Northern Illinois University, U.S.A. 
  • David Harwood (SMS), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.A.
  • Fabio Florindo (SMS), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy

Partners

  • ANDRILL, Antarctic Drilling Program, U.S.A.
  • U.S. ANDRILL Consortium
  • National Science Foundation, United States Antarctic Program, U.S.A.
  • Antarctica New Zealand
  • Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide, Italy
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • University of Leeds, School of Earth Sciences

Keywords

  • Antarctica, McMurdo, Stratigraphy

Current State

  • drilling operations, scientific evaluations are ongoing

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