In late Summer 2004, an international team of scientists and technicians set forth from Tromsö, Norway, aboard three icebreakers set for the North Pole. Once there, they drilled sea-floor deposits near the Pole over a period of four weeks. The sediment samples provided insights into the climate and environmental history of the Arctic Basin over the past 55 million years and longer.
On board, was Hannes von der Fecht, a 25-year-old student of “Integrated Design“ at the Bremen University of Arts, specializing in photography. He joined the expedition document the research expedition from an artistic point of view.
The Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX) was conducted under the flag of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), a 10-year research initiative established in 2003 as a cooperative international ocean research program. Supported by Japan, the United States, and a consortium of 16 European countries plus Canada (European Consortium for Ocean Resesarch Drilling – ECORD), IODP investigates the history of the Earth and how the Earth works. ACEX was the first IODP mission undertaken by the ECORD Science Operator (ESO), which operates with close cooperation between the British Geological Survey and Bremen University, as well as other groups. A core repository at Bremen University supports scientific sampling of IODP cores and facilitates their careful storage and preservation.
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