August 1, 2008
High Fuel Costs May Freeze Polar and Marine Research
Paying more than $4 for a gallon of gas makes a lot of commuters grind their teeth when they fill their tanks. They get little sympathy, however, from Robin Bell, who next winter could be looking at $60 to $130 per gallon for her transportation. The vehicles are two small aircraft that Ms. Bell, an ice-sheet expert at Columbia University, needs to survey an unexplored mountain range in Antarctica that holds a unique record of global climate change.
Her project, which took an