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Racing To Save Earth’s Climate Record

On Dec. 8, 2010, Michelle Koutnik, of the University of Copenhagen's Center for Ice and Climate, prepared a core of Antarctic ice to be wrapped and put into core tubes for transport back to labs at Brigham Young University in Utah.
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On Dec. 8, 2010, Michelle Koutnik, of the University of Copenhagen's Center for Ice and Climate, prepared a core of Antarctic ice to be wrapped and put into core tubes for transport back to labs at Brigham Young University in Utah.

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University has embarked on a fundraising campaign to preserve its collection of ice core samples for future generations of scientists.

Like rings of a tree, the frozen cylinders provide a climatological record stretching back hundreds of thousands of years.

As a warming climate continues to melt away glacial ice, this archive will be lost forever.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the race to save Earth’s climate record.

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