Mud worth more than gold

It cost a true fortune to retrieve, but this ancient muck from far below Antarctica’s ice promises to tell a riveting tale about Earth’s ancient climate

By Douglas Fox, 16:45 PM September 4, 2013

Whillans Ice Stream, Antarctica — Reed Scherer and Ross Powell have studied mud from all over the world. It is different in each place. Mud from the Sulu Sea near Borneo is as smooth as cream cheese. Mud from Chesapeake Bay, in the mid-Atlantic United States, clings to your skin like peanut butter. Okefenokee Swamp mud, from Georgia, stinks with the rotting goo of plants and animals that died long ago. You can tell a lot about a place by reading its mud. But sometimes that mud is hard to come...

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