Science cafe talks about Antarctic drilling project
ou can check an app on your phone to see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, but what about 10 or even 100 years from now? To predict climate changes, geologists are drilling into the heart of Antarctic ice and studying the effects of millions of years of weather.
Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach will present another event in its popular STEM Cafe series, “WISSARDs of the Antarctic,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Eduardo’s, 214 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. The program will focus on the National Science Foundation-supported WISSARD project (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling), which is using a hot water drill to explore the environment beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.
WISSARD’s co-leader, Ross Powell, a distinguished research professor in NIU’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, will speak. He says that the work he and his team are doing in Antarctica will give scientists clues about Earth’s warming and cooling cycles and the effects of climate change.
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