Joseph Levy should be headed to Antarctica, where he looks for ancient buried ice that could say a lot about the ice ages of Earth’s past and its current changing climate.
But because the government’s shut down, Levy, a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics who gets National Science Foundation funding, is stuck in Austin, hoping a frozen Congress can heat up before the ice does. This was to be Levy’s third and final Antarctic summer looking for the ice and measuring the dirt on top of it. Now the clock’s ticking on his research — the ancient stuff is some of the fastest melting ice on the continent.
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