Drilling into permafrost on Alaska's Arctic coast

Photo looking up at a man wearing safety gear and cold weather clothing holding a big drill with puffy white clouds in the sky.

Detailed Description

On remote Barter Island, Alaska, Bruce Richmond (right) and Cordell Johnson drill into 500-foot-thick permafrost using a handheld drill with a 2-inch drill bit—a challenging task! It can take 3 hours to drill nearly 20 feet down. They collect samples of the frozen ground to better understand how climate change is affecting permafrost thaw on Alaska’s Arctic coast.


Image Dimensions: 2304 x 1728

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Location Taken: AK, US