Undisciplined: The GeoScientist

Mar 18, 2020

Camp Century, 1965.
Credit U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

This week on Undisciplined, we’re talking about “Project Iceworm,” a secret U.S. government project to build nuclear launch sites in northern Greenland back in the 1960s. Now the project site is getting a renewed look by scientists, thanks to a 1.3-kilometer-long ice core sample that was extracted from the site and kept in storage for more than 50 years. What secrets does it hold?

Tammy Rittenour is a geologist, a paleo climatologist and the director of the luminescence lab at Utah State University. We’ll have some time today to get into what each of those roles means, but we’re going to start our conversation today by talking about a research opportunity that emerged more than 50 years after a secret U.S. military project was buried in the ice in northern Greenland.