2016-2017 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-meter depth), followed by coring of ice, ice-sheet bed interface, and the 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 RAID drill was designed and commissioned for testing in 2015 and the drill has undergone two field tests near Minna Bluff.
Field Season Overview
The Antarctic Field Trial (AFT) for the 2016-17 austral summer field season will take place at a site near Minna Bluff. The trial will commence in late 2016 after the RAID equipment is moved from winter storage in McMurdo to the nearby ice shelf, where it will be loaded onto ski platforms. After a short traverse of approximately 125 miles from McMurdo Station, the RAID system and a small field camp will be set up for drilling operations. Total time on site should be approximately four weeks. At the conclusion of the drill trial, the equipment will be returned to the McMurdo area and winterized on snow berms at Black Island South Pole (BISP) for storage. As part of the AFT, DES will provide a bore-hole video logger and suitable lost-circulation material. PI Severinghaus (Proposal 1543238) will provide additional equipment for the tests.
Deploying Team Members