Thursday, April 19, 2007

Coring Antarctica

This BBC report makes for fascinating reading for a geologist. What is interesting is the spin placed on the data by both researchers and the BBC reporter. The main reason for doing the research is purported to be studies on climate change but in reality this is likely to have been initiated more as a pure research project that got waylaid by the global warming community.

The cores show us that the Pliocene in Antarctica was warmer than today and it is anticipated that next year's core into the older Miocene sediments will provide evidence of even warmer climes. This is generally known from studies elsewhere on the planet but it is always useful to have another control point.

So, none of the work is revealing anything geologists would not have expected. Routine research with a twist!

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