Ice Cores Reveal Global History Adapted from Information by The Ohio State University According to researchers at Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, glacial ice from around the world will likely record the impact of the current pandemic for future generations. Although the impact of the pandemic around the world is still unfolding, ice accumulating on high-elevation ice fields around the world, as well as in Greenland, is almost certainly collecting physical, chemical, and biological evidence of this time. “These records will be locked into the ice and preserved,” said Lonnie Thompson, distinguished professor of ea r t h sc i ences a t The Oh i o St a t e University and a senior research scien- tist at the research center. This means 100-200 years from now, ice cores will show what’s in the atmosphere now. With more people staying home and From a Wooden Reel to a State-of-the-Art Instrument Adapted from Information by Waterline Envirotech Ltd. Waterline Envirotech Ltd. is a small, woman-owned and -operated business serving the public, private, and government sectors of the water well industry for over 40 years. It all began in the mid-1960s, when a U.S. Navy pilot and engineer had a well drilled on his property. The drilling contractor dropped stones down the well to guess the depth to water. The intrepid engineer thought there had to be a better way. So, he created his first water level indicator which was a simple, wooden reel with commo wire as a prototype. He ultimately handed the prototype and the beginnings of a business to his son and daughter-in-law, who still run the company today. The Waterline Team took the wooden reel design and transformed it into a state-of-the-art technical instrument. Today, Waterline’s water level indicators are manufactured using either a strong, flexible 3/8-inch- wide tape with stainless steel con- ductors, or a coaxial cable, and housed on a durable, plastic, free-standing, braked reel. As a small company which manufactures and services its own (and competitors’) instruments, Waterline enjoys selling directly to the public, businesses of all sizes, as well as local, state, and federal governments. From the founder, Lieutenant Commander Arnold Granat, to Mike and Belinda Granat who built the company, searched out and developed the tape, and reel suppliers, to Joan Klinesmith who spent 30 years fine-tuning and troubleshooting solutions to problems and Kate Simmons who is learning the ropes and looking forward to taking her parent’s company into the future, everyone has played a role in developingWaterline's instruments, even customers. The insight and feedback from those using the products in the field provides valuable information to the Waterline Team, allowing them to adapt products to be the best. Maintaining a business during a global pandemic has been an interesting challenge, but the company is grateful to be part of an essential service industry. According to the Waterline Team, “We're still here and we look forward to being here in the future.” See their ad in the WorldWide SUPER MART™ on page 59. 35 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® SEPTEMBER 2020 WTR The company proudly manufactures its products here in the U.S., using the finest material available. The company’s water level meters are simple and easy to use. ENV Ice Cores cont’d on page 48.