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Paleo Slide Set: Polar Ice Cores
Map indicating where GISP2 site location.
The National Science Foundation-funded Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) drill site is located near the ice sheet's summit. Ice sheets, as the elevational contours on this map suggest, are enormous dome-shaped glaciers that flow slowly outward from their center. The GISP2 site is located 30 km from the current summit of the ice sheet (where its European counterpart, the Greenland Icecore Project [GRIP] core was drilled), at a site where ice flow is minimal and the record of climatic conditions as reliable as possible.

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Thomas Andrews from a map drawn by Sherry Palmer
GISP2 Science Management Office (GISP2 SMO), University of New Hampshire.
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