Ice drilling on Skytrain Ice Rise and Sherman Island, Antarctica

Mulvaney, Robert ORCID:; Rix, Julius ORCID:; Polfrey, Scott; Grieman, Mackenzie; Martìn, Carlos ORCID:; Nehrbass-Ahles, Christoph; Rowell, Isobel; Tuckwell, Rebecca ORCID:; Wolff, Eric. 2021 Ice drilling on Skytrain Ice Rise and Sherman Island, Antarctica [in special issue: Drilling through the Ice] Annals of Glaciology, 62 (85-86). 311-323.

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To understand the long-term climate and glaciological evolution of the ice sheet in the region bordering the Weddell Sea, the British Antarctic Survey has undertaken a series of successful ice core projects drilling to bedrock on Berkner Island, James Ross Island and the Fletcher Promontory. A new project, WACSWAIN, seeks to increase this knowledge by further drilling to bedrock on two further ice rises in this region. In a single-season project, an ice core was recovered to bedrock at 651 m on Skytrain Ice Rise using an ice core drill in a fluid-filled borehole. In a second season, a rapid access drill was used to recover ice chips to 323 m on Sherman Island in a dry borehole, though failing to reach the bedrock which was at an estimated depth of 428 m.

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ISSN: 0260-3055
Additional Keywords: glaciological instruments and methods, ice coring, palaeoclimate
Date made live: 25 May 2021 08:43 +0 (UTC)

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