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Scientists to drill for 1.3 Million years of climate history in Antarctica

Scientists to drill for 1.3 Million years of climate history in Antarctica

Updated 11 June 2014, 9:10 AEST

It's been called the Holy Grail, Earth's oldest ice-core, reaching back more than 1.

3 million years.

Over the next few years, scientists are aiming to drill the record-breaking ice-core in East Antarctica to better understand the role of carbon dioxide in triggering the Earth's regular ice ages.

The research comes amid new concern that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is at the point of rapid collapse committing the world over the next few hundred years to more than three metres of sea level rise.

Presenter: Gregg Borschmann

Speaker: Tas Van Ommen, program leader, "Climate Processes and Change", Australian Antarctic Division

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