Polar researchers share their story at The Ohio State University


If you want to learn more about what explorers and climate researchers face under hostile weather conditions to set up camps and retrieve glacial cores, “Mysteries in Ice”  is on display at the Thompson Library Gallery at Ohio State through the fall semester.

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program is celebrating 25 years of collecting a history of polar research, including contemporary equipment and historical artifacts. The exhibit includes articles of clothing and vintage video from the expeditions conducted by Admiral Byrd in the 1920s and 1930s, when he flew over the region near the North Pole in 1926, and then to Antarctica in 1928 at an established base camp, among his numerous travels to the polar regions.

An ice core drilled in China and other documents collected from research missions that track climate change and history are on display in the gallery of the Main Library.

Periodic demonstrations of glacier flow and films, and panel discussions with climate experts, are part of the  ongoing University Libraries program. OSU climate scientists  have conducted dozens of field trips to Greenland, China, Peru and Antarctica in the past quarter-century to retrieve ice cores that contain a history of our climate as far back as 500,000 years, based on chemical analysis of trapped gases and meltwater.

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