Hit by Shutdown, NIU's Antarctic Research Canceled

By: AP
By: AP

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- A team of Northern Illinois University researchers studying the effects of climate change will not be returning to Antarctica this year because of the lingering impact of the federal government shutdown.

The National Science Foundation was funding the research and suspended all field work during the two-week shutdown. Now, there's a bottleneck in flying in the hundreds of scientists trying to salvage their work during the research season that recently got underway.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that, as a result, NIU geology professors Ross Powell and Reed Scherer will not be able finish the final year of their research.

They had planned to drill through the ice to investigate rivers beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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