ANDRILL: ANtarctic geological DRILLing
ANDRILL Video Journals 2007
In the Austral Summer of 2007, ANDRILL drilled a second hole beneath the Sea Ice of McMurdo Sound. In this series of Video Journals we explore the geology of the Antarctic continent, and why ANDRILL continues to drill around its margin. These 6 video journals were produced live on the ice during the ANDRILL Southern McMurdo Sound.

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ANDRILL Video Journals 2006
In the Austral Summer of 2006, ANDRILL drilled and recovered 1,284 meters of rock core from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica. What secrets are hidden in this rock? Why do scientists from around the world work together in the coldest, windiest, driest place on Earth to uncover these secrets that have been shrouded beneath the ice for millions of years? Join us for a real world geoscience adventure in Antarctica! These 14 video journals were produced live on the ice during the ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf Project.

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Check out fun and informative videos created by the ANDRILL education and outreach team to raise interest about Antarctica and polar sciences among the youth.

Let's Pretend We're in Antarctica
"Let’s Pretend We’re in Antarctica" is a music video collage of still and video images combined with an upbeat song about the mysterious continent. The video portrays Antarctica’s scenery and wildlife as well as scientific camps and work sites. It shows equipment and gear the scientists use in Antarctica to survive and conduct research. The video is designed specifically for a younger audience, but more mature audiences will also find it entertaining and informative.

The modern cheerful sound in combination with the fast-changing pictures of unusual scenery and advanced technology present Antarctica as an exciting and mysterious place to visit and work.

Climate Change Animation
Sediment layers are deposited over time. If a climate condition persists for a long period the sediment layer will be thick; if a climate condition lasts for only a short time the sediment layer will be thin. However, the rate of sedimentation (how fast the sediment layer is created) is not the same for each type of sediment.
Check out this cool animation of ANDRILL drilling, and explore the advancing and retreating of the Ross Ice Shelf.

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Courtesy of Matteo Cattadori
In the animation, the column at the right shows sediment deposits as they occur at the drill site. Note that the sediment types differ based on whether they were deposited under the ice or in open water. This is the information in the cores that researchers use to piece together Earth's climate history.

Step 1
Click the start button below the animation. You will see the current position of the Ross Ice Shelf and the location of the ANDRILL drill site. The column at the right shows sediment layers as they are being laid down at the drill site (they look like stripes of color). The thermometer shows the change in temperature of the Earth based on today's temperature. In other words, if you move the slider up 2 degrees C, Earth's temperature increases by 2 degrees C. The current average temperature of the Earth is about 15 degrees C.
Look at the two boxes in the lower left hand side, below the graphic. One box shows the time in years since the temperature changed. The other shows the distance of the ice shelf advancing (+ numbers), or retreating (- numbers), since the last change in temperature. At the start they both read "0" because the animation starts with today's conditions.
Move the temperature slider up and down to increase, and then decrease, the temperature. Watch the animation and notice the change in the position of the ice shelf and the type of sediment layers being deposited.

The higher the temperature, the faster Earth is warming, and the faster the ice shelf will retreat. The colder the temperature the faster Earth is cooling and the faster ice shelf will advance. Notice that even as the ice shelf advances and retreats, the location of the drill site does not change. The scale at the top of the page remains the same and shows the difference between where the ice shelf is today and its movement as you play the animation.