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Why scientists are shipping ice to Antarctica

Much of what we know about ancient climates comes from air bubbles trapped in glacier ice. But as our modern climate gets warmer, glaciers are melting around the world, destroying a precious scientific and historical resource. Now, researchers are working to rescue samples of glaciers by shipping ice cores to a repository near the South Pole, where they will stay frozen even during power outages, The Guardian reports. The first sample in this vault will be a 130-meter-long column of ice transported in sections from Col du Dôme glacier on Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. 

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