Document DetailsChinese First Deep Ice-Core Drilling Project DK-1 at Dome A, Antarctica (2011-2013): progress and performance
|Authors:||Zhang N, An C, Fan X, Shi G, Li C, Liu J, Hu Z, Talalay P, Sun Y, Li Y|
|Keywords:||ice coring, ice engineering|
|Periodical/Journal:||Annals of Glaciology|
The Chinese First Deep Ice-Core Drilling Project DK-1 has commenced at Kunlun station in the Dome A region, the highest plateau in Antarctica. During the first season, within the 28th Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition (CHINARE) 2011/12 the pilot hole was drilled and reamed in order to install a 100 m deep fiberglass casing. In the next season, 29th CHINARE 2012/13, the deep ice-core drilling system was installed, and all the auxiliary equipment was connected and commissioned. After filling the hole with drilling fluid (n-butyl acetate), three runs of 'wet' ice-core drilling were carried out and a depth of 131.24 m was reached. Drilling to the bedrock at the target depth of ~3100 m is planned to be completed during a further four seasons. We describe the work in progress and the status of equipment for the Dome A drilling project.