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NEEM Deep Ice Coring Project, Greenland

Come up to the top of the Greenland ice sheet to visit the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) station. The international NEEM team retrieved an ice core from the top of the ice sheet down to bedrock, containing layers of ice reaching back 115,000 years through the previous interglacial, the Eemian. Insights from looking at the climate from the Eemian may help provide a kind of road map to our climate in the future. The NEEM project concluded in 2012, and many scientific papers are soon to be published concerning the project. The next Greenland ice core project will likely take place at NEGIS, a northeast Greenland ice core.

Your tour guide to the station is Tyler Jones, who spent the 2011 and 2012 field seasons at the NEEM ice core camp in northwest Greenland. While there, he assisted with the drilling and processing of the deep ice core, numerous shallow ice cores, and the testing of an intermediate depth drill. Tyler also helped process the ice for chemical and physical analysis, helped with camp duties, and even shoveled a few latrines. His photos show the details of work and daily life in this extreme environment.