'Projecting Ice Memory' Attempts to Preserve Chunks of Glacial Ice

By: Joey Haar - Sep 12, 2016
References: fondation.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr & wired
'Projecting Ice Memory,' a project by French and Italian researchers from the Fondation Universite Grenoble Alpes, has a modest but important goal. Recognizing that climate change is bound to irreparably melt many of the ice cores of Alpine glaciers, Projecting Ice Memory aims not to preserve entire glaciers, but to save small portion of ice cores for study in the future.

The first part of the project is tackling Col du Dome, a glacier near Mont Blanc. Having taken a section of Col du Dome's ice core, the researchers are taking that sample to Antarctica. In Antarctica, year-round temperatures are far lower than in the Alps. By burying the ice core underneath 33 feet of Antarctic snow, the researchers will create a makeshift ice vault that should preserve the ice core for posterity.