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What does ice tell polar scientists? Guide students to understand the types and properties of ice by dispelling the misconception that "ice is ice."

Why do scientists take ice cores and what do they learn from them?

Go to ../../tea_meetteachers.html ("Meet the Teachers" link) for Sandra Kolb's, Marjorie Porter's and Sandra Shutey's journals and photos of ice core fieldwork in sea, lake and glacial ice, respectively.

Sandra Kolb (sea ice): ../../tea_kolbfrontpage.html

6 May 2000: Profiling Ice Thickness

7 May 2000: Determining Ice Strength

9 May 2000: Multi-year Ice and Progress

11 May 2000: Level Ice Trials

13 May 2000: Saturday Notes

18 May 2000: Ice Trial Reports

Marjorie Porter (lake ice): ../../tea_porterfrontpage.html

Sandra Shutey (glacial ice): ../../tea_shuteyfrontpage.html

Investigate http://www.marine.usf.edu/icestory2000/overview/overview.htm

Investigate ../../ for ice related research, photos and resources.


John Gagnon and Chris Meadus using an ice corer on an Arctic ice floe in Davis Strait.

Removing the ice core from the corer.

Measuring the ice core. Measurements are taken in centimeters.

Drilling holes every 10 cm for placing the temperature probe and taking temperature readings.

Slicing the ice core into 10 cm sections.

Weighing each 10 cm section for documenting the ice weight.

The rectangular slice shows a vertical thin section of Arctic sea ice from a depth of about 85 cm. It shows the columnar nature of sea ice. The semi-circle slice shows a horizontal thin section of Arctic sea ice from a depth of 85 cm.

Resources and Reference Materials
MANICE: MANUAL OF STANDARD PROCEDURES FOR OBSERVING AND REPORTING ICE CONDITIONS, 8th edition, Director, Ice Services Branch Atmospheric Environment Service, April 1994. From: Ice Centre Environment Canada, 373 Sussex Drive, LaSalle Academy, Block "E", Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H3, ATTN: Ice Climatology Services. http://www.cis.ec.gc.ca/manice/title_pg.htm

A joint library database from the Department of Eskimology, the Danish Polar Center, and the Arctic Institute: http://pingo.kb.dk:4505/ALEPH/SESSION-459439/start/DPC01



For interactions with the polar teachers: ../../tea_meetteachers.html

For polar resources: ../../tea_sitesfront.html



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