All women scientific crew off to Antarctica

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For the first time ever an all-women team of scientists is off to the Antarctic.

The 3 person team includes leader Alanna Alevropoulos-Borrill, Alexandra Gossart, and Ph.D. candidate Francesca Baldacchino.

They will be researching the Ross Ice Shelf which is a floating chunk of ice connected to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. It makes up the bulk of the frozen continent.
If it collapses, research indicates it could see a sea-level rise of 12 meters.

The team will be flying out around 200km away from Scott Base which is the New Zealand base in Antarctica.

They plan to carry out the work at six sites, gathering data from GPS units and installing others.

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