Sampling at Explorers Cove
Dr. Bowser and his field team sampling in Antarctica.
Drilling through the sea ice at Explorers Cove. It's about 20 feet thick.
Preparing the dynamite which will be put into the drilled hole.
Widening the dive hole.
Dr. Bowser helps another one of the divers into his warm drysuit. The water in Antarctica is 28 degrees F (-2 C).
The dive team prepares to enter the water.
Diving at Explorers Cove.
Collecting a core underwater.
Slicing the core in the lab on shore.
After sieving the core. Sieving removes parts of the sediment that are too big or too small to be the kind of foram the team is interested in. This makes it easier to find the forams.
Dr. Bowser sorts the forams under the microscope.
A sediment sample. This view contains small stones, forams, and other organisms like worms. Can you find the forams?