2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Phase 2 development of a Rapid Access Ice Drilling (RAID) platform for research in Antarctica
Dr. John Goodge
University of Minnesota
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
The Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) aims to rapidly drill to deep ice (up to 3,300 meters deep), followed by the coring of ice, ice-sheet bed interface, and bedrock substrate below. The RAID drilling platform will give the scientific community access to a rich record of geologic and climatic change on a variety of timescales, from the billion-year rock record to thousand-year ice and climate histories. The main objective during the 2017-18 austral summer field season is to complete a trial of the drilling system begun last season to validate its operational readiness for science drilling.
Field Season Overview
A collaborative team of drillers and scientists from three different organizations (IDDO, DOSECC Exploration Services, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography) will converge on McMurdo around January 26, 2016, and spend a week at a site about one mile from McMurdo on the Castle Rock Loop, drilling holes through the firn with conventional ice coring drills and augers, and testing various rubber packers for sealing effectiveness.
Deploying Team Members