IDP maintains and operates existing drills and borehole logging winches, and develops new systems with two principal foci:

  1. to provide high quality ice cores, and
  2. to produce boreholes that provide access to the interior and beds of ice sheets and glaciers for such purposes as embedding instruments, collecting gas samples, setting seismic charges, studying subglacial processes, studying subglacial geology, collecting subglacial bedrock core, and borehole logging.

Chipmunk Drill

The Chipmunk Drill is a hand-held, motor driven coring drill that collects 41 mm (1.6-inch) diameter cores in solid ice. It has two barrels, one 15 cm long and one 50 cm long. The drill has been used on one funded project (for which it was designed) at Pakitsoq, West Greenland, in 2003 and 2004, for exploratory work at the South Pole in 2013, and for several demonstrations of ice coring for the public in the U.S.

A scientist uses the Chipmunk Drill at Pakitsoq, West Greenland, in 2004 to recover samples of ice. Credit: Ed Brook

Equipment Details

Name Chipmunk Drill
Type Ice coring
Number in Inventory 1
Max. Practical Depth 0.90 m
Hole Diameter 64 mm (2.5-inch)
Core Diameter 41 mm (1.6-inch)
Core Length 0.15 m
IDP Driller Required? No
Drill Fluid Required? No
Power requirements/source 120V, 1kW generator
Shipping Weight 35 lbs
Shipping Cube 2.3