1/4 Rapid Access Ice Drill: "almost certainly will discover something new"

Jan 4, 2016

Credit John Goodge, UMD

The Rapid Access Ice Drill (or RAID) is on its way to Antarctica.

And when it's in place and online in about a year, well, there's no other way to put it: it will boldly go where no one has gone before.

Current technology allows ice core samples to be taken dating back about 750 million years.  John Goodge, the co-leader of the research and an Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor at UMD, says the RAID will allow million to million and a half year old samples to be taken -- and what they will discover will be a key part in understanding climate change.