[Note: this Web site documents Hamilton's research expedition to Antarctica in March and April 1999.]

Geology Professor Eugene Domack has been researching the Antarctic for more than 15 years. A world-renowned specialist in sedimentology, he takes marine sediment cores which allow him to plot changes in global climate over the past 15,000 years. The National Science Foundation has supported Dr. Domack's work through peer-reviewed research grants. He has led scientific expeditions made up of students and faculty from Hamilton College and other institutions to the Antarctic.

Please visit the daily JOURNAL reports of the 1999 expedition.

The objectives of this expedition were to retrieve three sediment trap moorings and long gravity core from the Muller Ice Shelf area of Lallemand Fjord and to perform a biological dredge in Crystal Sound, as well as to explore areas of Palmer Deep and Paradise Harbor. When they returned, the scientists and their assistants continued the work by testing for different properties, to find evidence of global warming in the Antarctic.

The expedition departed Punta Arena, Chile on March 28 aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer. While on board, the researchers took samples over 10 yards long, cut them into 10 foot sections, cut them open, photographed, labeled, and sealed them. The samples were then sent to a lab in Florida where the group will return later this year for further analysis. The biologists on the trip dredged for organisms and did biological surveys of their findings.

This Website serves to showcase the progress of their expedition to the bottom of the world, to the icy continent of Antarctica.