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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