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Published April 19, 2012, 06:57 PM

NDSU students studying a piece of Antarctica

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is history in the making; a small group of NDSU students is getting a unique learning experience, most of us can say we've never had. Those students are literally going to the end of the earth, Antarctica, for their studies.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

It is history in the making; a small group of NDSU students is getting a unique learning experience, most of us can say we've never had. Those students are literally going to the end of the earth, Antarctica, for their studies.

NDSU is just one of dozens of schools getting these frozen samples to study. Three heavy coolers of research arrived all the way from Antarctica. In them, 200 pounds of samples, from soil to sendiment. A large semi dropped off the materials. They were then hauled across campus to the Geosciences Building, to be put into a freezer.

The students collected the samples themselves. They traveled to the frigid continent last winter for a unique academic experience. The students took rock and soil samples at elevations about 4000 feet above the valley floor.

Two graduate and 6 undergrad students will now try to establish a new climate record. They'll look at the last time it was warm enough to move water, over the last 200 thousand years.

Dr. Adam Lewis – NDSU Assistant Professor: “So that's our little puzzle piece and it fits into all other kinds of research. The biologists working on questions you know the penguins or the seals or something like that.”

The group hopes to have results this summer. Results from other trips show one channel carried water about 10,000 years ago.

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