Scientists just drilled the deepest hole ever in western Antarctica, going 2 kilometers down through the ice to study how it’s melting

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  • A team of British scientists has successfully drilled the deepest hole ever in Western Antarctica.
  • The hole is about 2.1 kilometers deep — about four times taller than the Sears Tower.
  • It took an 11-person team from the British Antarctic Survey 63 hours of continuous drilling to reach that depth.
  • They brought sediment samples up to the surface, which they hope will yield new information about how quickly ice is melting beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet.

After nearly three days of round-the-clock drilling in temperatures as cold as minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit, a team of scientists has drilled the deepest hole ever seen in western Antarctica. 

On January 8, 2019, a British Antarctic Survey team called BEAMISH (short for Bed Access, Monitoring and Ice Sheet History) broke through West Antarctica’s Rutford Ice Stream, reaching a depth of 2,152 meters (7,060 feet).

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