Purdue students to research in Antarctica

Two graduate students at Purdue University are getting the opportunity of a lifetime.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017 11:22 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 11:45 AM

Two graduate students are getting the opportunity of a lifetime.

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They are heading to Antarctica with two of their professors to perform research, and they will be supported by an international field team.

That team includes a doctor, an engineer a moutaineer and an expeditional leader.

The field season will last for two months in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica.

They will be sleeping in living modules and tents.

This is during Antarctica's summer so they will have 24 hours of daylight

The temperatures will be mostly in the low teens to below zero with heavy winds.

As for the research...The project focuses on measuring, modeling and mapping the changes of the East Antarctic Ice sheet.

They will be taking samples of rock from different mountains where ice has thickened and thinned over the years.

By testing the rock from these mountains they will be able to tell when the ice was there in the past.

Dr. Jon Harbor will be on the trip.

He says with this research they are hoping to better understand how ice sheets respond to climate change.

"So as part of the science to understanding how the Earth responds to climate change and what causes climate change, we go to a range of different places around the world and look for evidence of climate change over lots of different time periods," Dr. Harbor said.

Purdue has also done this type of research in Central Asia and the Arctic of Scandonivia.

The team will be departing on December 14th.

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