Meet Principal Investigator David Harwood


David Harwood is Professor and Stout Chair in Stratigraphy in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, as well as the Director of the Antarctic Science Management Office at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Learn more about his path to becoming a SALSA Principal Investigator and working in Antarctica. David’s Background David is a … Continue reading Meet Principal Investigator David Harwood

SALSA Borehole Timeline Part 3 of 5: Gravity Corer and Clump Weight Deployment


Borehole video by Kathy Kasic, SALSA Education & Outreach. December 31st: Gravity Corer Gravity Corer: The Gravity Corer is the largest tool in SALSA’s lineup, standing at about 30 feet tall and is capable of retrieving 20-foot cores. A Gravity Corer has never been used in a subglacial lake and even with three years of … Continue reading SALSA Borehole Timeline Part 3 of 5: Gravity Corer and Clump Weight Deployment

SALSA Borehole Timeline Part 2 of 5: Sampling, Coring, and CTD Casting


December 30th: CTD, Camera, Filter Pump, Niskin, and Multicore CTD with Camera: After reaming (widening and smoothing) the borehole on Dec. 29th, the team met to discuss future sampling plans. We decided to send a second CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, Depth) cast to confirm the first cast’s results. To the Science Team’s delight, the CTD showed … Continue reading SALSA Borehole Timeline Part 2 of 5: Sampling, Coring, and CTD Casting

Meet Principal Investigator Berry Lyons


William Berry Lyons is a SALSA Geochemistry Principal Investigator and a Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University. Life and Background Born and raised in Florida, Berry calls himself “an unlikely Antarctic scientist.” After receiving his undergraduate degree in Geology, he went on to do a masters and doctorate in chemical oceanography … Continue reading Meet Principal Investigator Berry Lyons

SALSA Borehole Timeline Part 1 of 5: First Instruments Reach Lake Mercer


December 28th: Clump Weight, CTD, and Niskin Bottles – Clump Weight: The first instrument to enter Lake Mercer was the Deep SCINI clump weight equipped with cameras that fed live video to the surface. A packed room of observers watched the Clump Weight descend through the borehole and enter into Lake Mercer. The lake water … Continue reading SALSA Borehole Timeline Part 1 of 5: First Instruments Reach Lake Mercer

SALSA Celebrates Successful Mission at Mercer Subglacial Lake


Mission Success After science borehole operations began on December 28th, the SALSA team worked tirelessly around the clock to deploy science instruments and collect samples. After six days of sampling, we have enough material to truly change the way we view the Antarctic continent. In the words of Lead Scientist John Priscu: “A decade of … Continue reading SALSA Celebrates Successful Mission at Mercer Subglacial Lake