Home Sweet McMurdo
"Shoveling is fine because it warms you up," said researcher Jeff Bowman. "Drilling the cores is miserable."
In this photo, Shelley Carpenter, the lab's manager, digs down to the sea ice in McMurdo Sound in Antarctica.
Sawing the cores
Bowman is seen in the above photo sawing an ice core into smaller pieces.
"That's where it starts to get a little painful, a little cold, trying to handle these cores," Bowman said.
All in a day's work
In the above photo, Bowman stands next to the ice cores from a site on McMurdo Sound. The red vehicle is one way the scientists move around the frozen continent.
"They were all over the place," Bowman said "They're pretty curious little animals."
Frost flowers bloom in the waters of the Arctic and Antarctica, but little is known about their makeup at either pole.
Stop and smell the flowers
A cool dip
"Well, let's just go for it," Bowman said at the time. "I bit the bullet and moved out into the center of the ice, took a shovel and just cleared the area around me to collect the samples."