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Replicate Coring System

To learn more about this piece of equipment, visit the Replicate Coring System webpage.


SOLIDWORKS rendering of the replicate coring sonde. Photo: Chris Gibson, IDP-Wisconsin.

Replicate coring system actuator section. Photo: Chris Gibson, IDP-Wisconsin.

Replicate coring system broaching head. Photo: Chris Gibson, IDP-Wisconsin.

Replicate coring system milling head. Photo: Chris Gibson, IDP-Wisconsin.

IDP Engineer, Chris Gibson, excitedly holds the first replicate core recovered with the replicate coring system. Photo: Chris Gibson, IDP-Wisconsin.

On Monday, 17 December 2012 at 2:10 PM the first-ever replicate ice core taken from the high-side of the borehole was successfully drilled from 3001 meters depth in the WAIS Divide Ice Core borehole in West Antarctica. The first replicate core was ~80% of a full round core, but as the drilling continued on the new path 100% round cores were obtained. Photo: Jay Johnson, IDP-Wisconsin.