by Becky Anderson, OSU Student Chapter President
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, The Ohio State University student chapter of AIPG went on a tour of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. We took a bus together out to the hidden gem on OSU's west campus to learn about the world famous paleoclimate research which takes place at Byrd. First, we listened to a brief introduction about the history of the center, then we watched a video about the 2015 ice core expedition where Byrd Polar researchers traveled to the Tibetan Plateau in search of the oldest ice on the third pole. Next, we took a tour of some of the offices of the researchers and the Polar Rock Repository, a storage center for over 40,000 rock samples from around the world. Finally, we had the opportunity of seeing the clean lab room and the ice core freezer. We learned about how the ice cores can be used as a proxy for measuring various aspects of paleoclimate conditions. The tour was very informative and I think it's safe to say that we were all extremely impressed by the research being conducted at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.