Ice drilling on Skytrain Ice Rise and Sherman Island, Antarctica

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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Authors: Mulvaney, Robert ORCIDORCID record for Robert Mulvaney, Rix, Julius ORCIDORCID record for Julius Rix, Polfrey, Scott, Grieman, Mackenzie, Martìn, Carlos ORCIDORCID record for Carlos Martìn, Nehrbass-Ahles, Christoph, Rowell, Isobel, Tuckwell, Rebecca ORCIDORCID record for Rebecca Tuckwell, Wolff, Eric

On this site: Carlos Martin Garcia, Julius Rix, Rebecca Tuckwell, Robert Mulvaney, Scott Polfrey
1 September, 2021
Annals of Glaciology / 62
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