DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Northern Illinois University climate change researchers are among those whose work in Antarctica is imperiled by the partial federal government shutdown.
The National Science Foundation announced in Washington Tuesday that it was suspending all field research that's not essential to safeguarding lives and property at its three Antarctic stations.
NIU geologist Ross Powell tells WNIJ Radio that his team can't head to the South Pole unless the shutdown ends. His fellow researcher, Reed Scherer, tells The Daily Herald that if funding isn't restored by Monday, the contractor handling logistics for the Antarctic programs could cancel the whole research season that's just getting underway.
Scherer says his team is planning to drill a half-mile-deep hole into the ice to study parts of an ice sheet covering land and open water.