A medium-depth ice core drill

Mulvaney, Robert ORCID:; Bremner, Steven; Tait, Andrew; Audley, Neil. 2002 A medium-depth ice core drill. In: Azuma, N.; Fujii, Y., (eds.) Ice drilling technology 2000. Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology, Tokyo, 2000. Tokyo, National Institute of Polar Research, 82-90. (Memoirs of National Institute of Polar Research special issue (no. 56)).

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Taking as a model the Alfred Wegener Institute medium depth ice core drill, we have developed a drill capable of retrieving ice cores to depths of around 150-200m. At a total system weight of 340kg, including drill, winch, cable, tower and generator, the system is easily transported by Twin Otter aircraft. Two identical copies of the drill system were produced, and used to drill successfully at eleven locations in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. Ice conditions experienced during drilling ranged from cold Antarctic plateau sites to Arctic sites close to melting, and also blue, bubble-free ice.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Signals in Antarctica of Past Global Changes
BAS Programmes > Administration
NORA Subject Terms: Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Date made live: 13 Mar 2012 09:30 +0 (UTC)

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