2018-2019 USAP Field Season
UNL hot water drilling support
Mr. James D McManis
Supporting Stations: McMurdo 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