SPIceCore Drilling is Now Complete

SPIceCore Drilling is now complete with a final depth of 1,751.11 meters.

The drill gave us one final fight Friday as we again experienced problems with the control system. Thanks to our electrical engineer, Zach, we were able to get back running so we could end the season on our own terms, reaching our goal. (Actually, our goal shifted -- our original goal was 1500 m! We're 251 m and about 15000 years past our goal. A very successful season. Huge thanks to T.J. Fudge for getting this so far along last season, which allowed us to be so efficient this year).

We are now finishing the final bailing of chips out of the borehole to allow for logging next year.

Packing has begun in earnest, and we are all scheduled to depart Pole on Friday (Thurs for you). We ought to be in the U.S. by the 5th of Feb.

Emma cleaning the last core Eric pushing out the last core The last core Last meter being packed

Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in three decades

Allonautilus scrobiculatus off the coast of Ndrova Island in Papua New Guinea. Peter Ward
Allonautilus scrobiculatus. Photo Credit: Peter Ward

UW professor Peter Ward recently returned from Papua New Guinea with footage of a rare species of nautilus, the first sighting in three decades. Dr. Ward, who holds appointments in the Department of Biology and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, was more than happy to share photos of this scarce species, which is part of a lineage of “living fossils.”

View the original article here:

IsoLab in Nature

[Excerpt from ESS Spring 2015 Edition Newsletter]

Earth and Space Sciences faculty and students had back-to-back papers in the same issue of Nature on April 30th. Both papers were based on data produced under the direction of Roger Buick, Eric Steig and Andrew Schauer in our own IsoLab.

Read more about the exciting research below:

BBC Science News

BBC science writer Stephanie McClellan interviews Eric Steig. Read the article.