The photograph of the Blue Ice Drill on Taylor Glacier featured on this site’s banner (and on much of our print/promotional material) was taken by Edward Brook, Professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. We are grateful to have received Edward’s permission to use the image.

From the source website:

New to the IDDO drill inventory is the Blue Ice Drill, an agile drill capable of retrieving cores of approximately 9 ½ inch diameter to depths up to 15 meters in solid ice. The drill, which was developed for the University of California at San Diego, is transportable by light aircraft or helicopter and was used to collect samples of “blue ice” on Taylor Glacier during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Antarctic field seasons.

Both the drill and the project were supported by funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation.