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Developing a hot-water drill system for the WISSARD project: 1. Basic drill system components and design
Authors: Rack FR, Duling D, Blythe D, Burnett J, Gibson D, Roberts G, Carpenter C, Lemery J, Fischbein S
Year: 2014
Keywords: Antarctic glaciology, glaciological instruments and methods, subglacial lakes, subglacial processes, subglacial sediments
Periodical/Journal: Annals of Glaciology
Volume: 55
Number: 68
Page Range: 285-297

A new, clean, hot-water drill system (HWDS) was developed by the Science Management Office, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for use in the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project to gain access to Subglacial Lake Whillans beneath ~800 m of ice in West Antarctica. One primary borehole was drilled into the basal ice environment of Subglacial Lake Whillans during the initial field season in 2012/13. This paper describes the process of designing, fabricating, assembling, shipping, testing, commissioning and traversing the WISSARD HWDS leading up to the first scientific use of the system.

DOI: 10.3189/2014AoG68A031
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