Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet.
Scientists travel to and from the field in a LC-130 Hercules cargo plane that can land on ice. The study is part of the WISSARD project funded by the National Science Foundation. (Reed Scherer/NIU)
Northern Illinois University (NIU) geology professor Ross Powell (center) heads the 40-person team, which includes engineers, mechanics and drill operators, alongside the scientists. (WISSARD)
Tractors pulled equipment and supplies 1,000 km from McMurdo station to the field site, where NIU geology professor Reed Scherer (left) and graduate student Jason Coenen welcome the start of the project. (NIU)
Sleeping quarters are in tents and Antarctic has the coldest, driest and windiest weather on the planet. (Reed Scherer/NIU)