Environmental Woes of Tierra del Fuego -- Climate Change
Glaciologist Dr. Gino Casassa, of the University of Magallanes in Chile, and geologist Dr. Rolf Killian, of the University of Freiburg, drill holes at the top of a glacier in the Gran Campo Nevado ice field of southern Chile. Part of an interdisciplinary study by the universities of Freiburg and Heidelburg, the scientists study the rate of seasonal ice loss on the glacier, as well as pollen and mineral samples taken from cores drilled from area lake beds and peat bogs.
Six hours by boat from the nearest human settlement, the area is almost untouched by man. Its varied environment provides a unique opportunity to look at possible causes of global climate change.