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Airlifting ice from the Alps

Scientists working in the high Alps French Alps have just completed the first phase of a mission to extract ice from some of the world's most rapidly retreating glaciers. The researchers drilled out samples from deep within a their first target glacier - just below the summit of Mont Blanc.

Their ultimate aim is to ship the ice to Antarctica, creating a long-term store of our planet's most endangered ice and protecting the scientific clues - contained in its frozen bubbles - about our planet's past climate and atmosphere.

Our science reporter Victoria Gill joined the team on the Alpine ice.

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