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Two million-year-old ice cores provide first direct observations of an ancient climate
Sept. 16, 2022

Princeton University-led researchers have extracted 2 million-year-old ice cores from Antarctica that provide the first direct observations of Earth’s climate at a time when the furred early ancestors of modern humans still roamed.

Prof. John Higgins partners with Oregon State University, and other paleoclimate experts, to build a NSF-funded Center for Oldest Ice Exploration
Nov. 29, 2021
Written by Georgette Chalker, The Department of Geosciences

Under a five-year, $25 million Science and Technology Center award, the Center for Oldest Ice Exploration (COLDEX) has been established to address climate change and its impacts.

The Hunt For The World's Oldest Ice
Jan. 7, 2021
Written by Nell Greenfieldboyce, Emily Kwong, and Rebecca Ramirez, NPR Short Wave

Scientists think the world's oldest ice is hiding somewhere in Antarctica. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce tells us how researchers plan to find it--and why. NPR Short Wave, Nell Greenfieldboyce, Emily Kwong, Rebecca Ramirez, Jan. 7, 2021. 12-MINUTE LISTEN

Scientists Have Found Some Truly Ancient Ice, But Now They Want Ice That's Even Older
Dec. 26, 2020
Written by Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR Science

The oldest ice on Earth probably is hiding somewhere in Antarctica, because this frozen continent holds ice that's hundreds of thousands and even millions of years old. Scientists are hoping to find it. NPR Science, Nell Greenfieldboyce, Dec. 26, 2020. 5-MINUTE LISTEN

Ever wonder HOW scientists sample ancient air in 🧊?
Dec. 3, 2019
Written by John A. Higgins, Twitter

Ever wonder HOW scientists sample ancient air in 🧊? We melt it! The air is then transferred under vacuum and analyzed for its chemical composition. This sample is from the Allan Hills 🇦🇶 and is currently being measured by Dr. Sarah Shackleton. How old is it? Stay tuned! @blueicehiggins WATCH VIDEO

Antarctic Ice Cores Offer a Whiff of Earth’s Ancient Atmosphere
Nov. 27, 2019
Written by Katherine Kornei, EOS Science News

Bubbles of greenhouse gases trapped in ice shed new light on an important climate transition that occurred about a million years ago. EOS, Katherine Kornei.

From contamination to competing wildlife, 2019 Hack Graduate Awardees take on water-related issues
June 25, 2019
Written by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has selected nine graduate students representing six departments and programs as 2019 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment, including Higgins Lab grad Jack Murphy.

NSF funding is official - we're going, going, back, back to Antarctica
Oct. 1, 2018
Written by John A. Higgins, Twitter

NSF funding is official - we're going, going, back, back, sleep in a tent for months and drill for Earth's oldest ice. @blueicehiggins