Secrets Beneath the Ice

About the Show

NOVA: Documentary covering ANDRILL (Antarctic Drilling Project) — the scientific drilling project in Antarctica gathering paleo-climatological information about past periods of global warming and cooling. The goal of the project is to drill through the ice, into the sea and into the sediment at the ocean floor to obtain new information about the Neogene Antarctic cryosphere and evolution of Antarctic rift basins. It is based at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and is an international collaboration between the US, UK, New Zealand, Italy and Germany, taking place during the summer of 2007-2008. This film chronicles the project's goal to significantly improve the understanding of Antarctica's impact on the world's ocean currents and the atmosphere by reviewing the behaviour of Antarctic sea-ice, ice-shelves, glaciers and sea currents over the past 65 million years.