"Cryo-egg" to predict changes in sea levels

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London, December 12 (ANI): Scientists at Bristol University are working on creating a hi-tech device called the "Cryo-egg" that will help predict changes in sea levels.

According to a report by BBC News, the device will be sunk into the depths of the Greenland ice sheet before beaming back data about how frozen water is moving into the sea.

Bristol University won 225,000 pounds from the government-funded Natural Environment Research Council to build the egg.

"The engineering challenges for cryo-egg are vast," said Dr Jemma Wadham, Project leader and geographical scientist.

"In addition to the need to survive crushing by ice and extreme cold, the probe must be able to communicate with scientists on the surface through kilometres of ice. This will be the first goal of the project, and is the focus of the current funding," she added.

Glacial ice moves around; so any cables linking the probe to the surface would eventually snap.

The only solution for the development team will be to employ wireless communication.

The wireless cryo-egg - whose name is derived from cryogenics, the study of low temperatures - will be developed over two years and is also intended to monitor the Antarctic and its largely uncharted subterranean landscape. (ANI)

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