Ice Shelf

Dough Thost is an Australian glaciologist who has worked on Heard Island and is now heading for the Amery Ice Shelf, on the Antarctic mainland. His team will camp on a floating ice shelf, and use a hot water drill to melt a hole through 400 metres to the base of the shelf. After taking a sample from the ocean floor - another 700 metres further down - they lower a group of instruments into the hole which will freeze in and record data for the next few years... and help figure out one of the big unknowns; is the ice shelf shrinking or growing?

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Production Year: 
2002
Duration: 
27 mins
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