2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

UNL hot water drilling support

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T-524-M Research Location(s): Near station


Event Number:
NSF Agreement

Program Manager:
Dr. Michael Jackson

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Dean Einerson / Matthew Kippenhan

Principal Investigator(s)

Mr. James D McManis
University of Nebraska Lincoln
College of Engineering
Lincoln, Nebraska


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Near station


The Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) hot-water drill will be operated at Subglacial Lake Mercer (SLM) this season. The University of Nebraska, Lincoln drill team will complete preparation, configuration, and loading of the drill onto the launch and recovery system (LARS) deck for transportation to the drilling site at SLM. The team will drill one main hole for science operations and a secondary access hole for collection of basal ice and instrument installation.

Field Season Overview

An initial group of team members will deploy to McMurdo Station to prepare supplies for transport to SLM. The traverse is expected to take about 15 days, after which the entire field team will fly to SLM to begin set up and operation of the drill.

Deploying Team Members

  • Dennis Duling (Team Leader)
  • Edwin Krula
  • Anatoly Mironov
  • Anatoly Mironov
  • Graham Roberts