Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. 24/7 Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Bolivian glacier samples ready for global ice archives
By Alice Campaignolle
La Paz (AFP) June 22, 2017

Scientists studying global warming recently climbed Bolivia's towering Mount Illimani and extracted samples of glacier ice packed with thousands of years of climate data.

The international ICE Memory project team braved low oxygen and bitter, ice-cold wind that whipped them mercilessly at an altitude of 6,300 meters to drill deep into the glacier and pull out two cylinders of ice.

The weather was too dangerous for the team to extract a third sample as originally planned.

The ICE Memory project members, which have completed a similar task at Mont Blanc in the Alps, will take their samples to a research station in Antarctica.

One of the samples will be studied, and the other one preserved.

Their goal is to create an "ice archive sanctuary in Antarctica ... in an effort to preserve ice cores from the world's key endangered glaciers," according to the group's website, which is sponsored by the French and Italian national commissions for UNESCO.

That way, future scientists "will still have enough high-quality raw material to investigate and make future discoveries," says the site.

"This second expedition has been a fantastic collective success," said Patrick Ginot, ICE Memory expedition coordinator.

- 18,000 years of information -

The team of 15 scientists from France, Russia, Brazil and Bolivia, supported by some 30 porters and guides, faced extreme conditions in their May 22-June 18 quest for the ice samples.

One of the samples taken reached all the way down to the bedrock at a depth of 137 meters into the glacier, and the second to 134 meters, ICE Memory said. These long shafts of ice were then cut into smaller lengths and taken away in heatproof cylinders.

The samples were treated as precious relics once they were returned to base camp and carefully stored for transportation.

Scientists say that the glacier at Mount Illimani has 18,000 years' worth of weather and environmental data for a broad region between the Bolivian highlands and the country's Amazon rainforest region.

Mount Illimani, located in La Paz department, is part of the Cordillera Real, one of Bolivia's two ice and snow covered mountain ranges.

The glaciers, however, are threatened by global warming and mining activity, something locals have complained about this year.

- Glacier threatened -

ICE Memory "is a wonderful adventure in collaboration and trust among nations, scientists and private sponsors who embrace their duty to address global warming," said Jerome Chappellaz, director of France's National Center for Scientific Research and also the scientific coordinator for the glacier project.

Chappellaz said in March that the archives of climate data at the bottom of glaciers are in danger due to global warming.

As temperatures rise, water leaks into the glaciers and washes away geochemicals that scientists seek to study.

In April, thousands of native people who live around Mount Illimani brought the capital La Paz to a standstill as they marched in protest demanding that the glacier be preserved.

They want the government to pass a law declaring it to be part of Bolivia's natural heritage and bar any activity that will contaminate melted glacier runoff that they use for farming.

Montana's glaciers are disappearing
(UPI) May 10, 2017
According to a new survey, Montana's glaciers have been rapidly shrinking over the last 50 years. In 1966, Montana was home to 39 named glaciers - stable bodies of ice larger than 25 acres, the threshold for what is considered a "glacier." Today, just 26 glaciers meet the definition. Over the last five decades, those 39 glaciers have shrunk an average of 39 percent and some have ... read more

Related Links
Beyond the Ice Age

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Russia launches space freighter to ISS

To Be or Not to Be: At 20 ISS Goes Strong, But for How Long

Bread Me Up, Scotty: Crumb-Free Pastries Coming to the ISS

NASA Prepares for Future Space Exploration with International Undersea Crew

Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch

NASA and Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor

India's Kerosene-Based Semi-Cryogenic Engine to Be Flight Test Ready by 2021

Russia's Next Carrier-Based Rocket Launch Planned for 2018 - Khrunichev Center

Russian Institute to Start Long-Haul Mars Mission Simulations in November

Elon Musk's vision of a self-sustaining city on Mars published in New Space

Walkabout Above 'Perseverance Valley'

Hot rocks, not warm atmosphere, led to relatively recent water-carved valleys on Mars

China launches remote-sensing micro-nano satellites

China's cargo spacecraft completes second in-orbit refueling

Commsat aims high with satellite system launch

Moon or Mars - humanity's next stop

Trudeau under pressure to reject China bid for satellite firm

Jumpstart goes into alliance with major aerospace and defence group ADS

Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth

Propose a course idea for the CU space minor

Octopus inspires S. Korea 'breakthrough' adhesive patch

A more sustainable way to refine metals

NREL-led research effort creates new alloys, phase diagram

Scientists develop molecular code for melanin-like materials

Astronomers Explain Formation of Seven Exoplanets Around TRAPPIST-1

OU astrophysicist identifies composition of Earth-size planets in TRAPPIST-1 system

Flares May Threaten Planet Habitability Near Red Dwarfs

The Art of Exoplanets

New Horizons Team Digs into New Data on Next Flyby Target

A whole new Jupiter with first science results from Juno

First results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism

Jupiters complex transient auroras

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement