This is a complex and challenging project. Many parts of the work are at the cutting edge of science, technology or logistic capabilities. Each of these problems must be successfully overcome for complete success. The sequence of separate project elements is:
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This is when the exploration ratchets up a notch. The first instrument to go down the hole will be a video camera modified to withstand the high pressures. It will be anyone’s first look under an dramatically thinning ice shelf. We do not know what to expect—smooth ice? Rough ice? Anything swimming or floating? Everyone is going to be huddled around the monitor for this one!
There is no image for this section, as we've never look beneath an ice shelf before!
More information can be found through the Pine Island Glacier Oceanography Program.