Secrets Beneath the Ice

Explore engaging Science Education media for 6th-8th graders from NET’s NOVA: Secrets Beneath The Ice.  Learn how Antarctica affects global climate through the University of Nebraska’s revolutionary drilling initiative, ANDRILL.

At the bottom of the Earth is a continent encased in ice, a place so remote and mysterious that it’s largely unknown to most people. Yet Antarctica holds secrets that affect our climate future. Antarctica’s secrets are not in the ice, but in the rocks beneath it.

That’s why NET Television producer Gary Hochman, videographers Pat Aylward & Brian Sefferlein, and audio engineer Jim Lenertz made four separate trips to Antarctica to cover the ANDRILL expedition. ANDRILL is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) international geological drilling program investigating Antarctica’s role in climate change.

Video Extras

Antarctica is the iciest place on Earth. But it's icy cover is deceiving. All this ice is on the move. Find out how ice and rocks... more››
Take a trip to Earth's freezer - the coldest, windiest, dirtiest, place on Earth. How long has Antarctica been like it is today?... more››
ANDRILL's rock cores reveal evidence of changing climate and ice conditions in Antarctica's past. Within the cores are ocean... more››
What's normal in climate cycles? In a warming world, ice is beginning to break apart in Antarctica. Has it happened before - and... more››
Most of Antarctica's history is buried in layers of rock, deep beneath the ice. Rock cores that ANDRILL retrieves are packed with... more››
At the bottom of the Earth is a continent encased in ice, a place so remote and mysterious that it’s largely unknown to most... more››