Look Into My Ice

Scientists get a glimpse into the atmosphere of yore by taking ice cores from the earth's poles.

February 06, 2015

“All the world’s information, it seems, will one day be preserved as ones and zeros in permanent, stable, and indestructible devices. So it may sound strange that ice, an ephemeral, unstable, and brittle substance, has been one of the world’s most permanent means of information storage. The cloud, in fact, has nothing on ice. Ice holds the key to understanding how the climate has changed over millions of years, and may change Earth in years to come.”

—From “Secrets in the Ice,” Yvonne Bang's Nautilus piece about what we can learn from ice cores (a lot)

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