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Scientists' mission to find the oldest ice on Earth

A British Antarctic Survey team of scientists is leaving for the ice in East Antarctica to try to find the oldest ice on Earth. They will drill a core of ice three kilometres deep at two different sites. The ice contains ancient air bubbles that were trapped 1.5million years ago. Measuring the composition of air in these bubbles will give scientists a picture of the ancient atmosphere and climate.

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