Frozen Assets


Ice cores tell the history of Canada’s climate, but now the government doesn’t want them anymore.

In a nondescript government office in the middle of Ottawa’s downtown core lie more than 10,000 years of the Arctic’s climate history. Ice cores drilled from Canada’s northernmost ice caps and ice fields are packed into dog-eared, insulated cardboard boxes and loaded onto floor-to-ceiling shelves in a walk-in freezer in a government building … Read the rest

Canada’s ice cores seek new home

Confusion over fate of valuable climate record chills researchers.

An unusual ‘help wanted’ advertisement arrived in the inboxes of Canadian scientists last week. The e-mail asked the research community to provide new homes for an impressive archive of ice cores representing 40 years of research by government scientists in the Canadian Arctic.

The note was sent out by Christian Zdanowicz, a glaciologist at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) in … Read the rest