Agile Sub-Ice Geological (ASIG) Drill development and Pirrit Hills field project

Title Agile Sub-Ice Geological (ASIG) Drill development and Pirrit Hills field project
Publication Type
Journal Article
Year
2020
Author(s) Tanner W Kuhl , Chris J Gibson, Jay A Johnson, Grant Boeckmann, Elliot Moravec, Kristina R Slawny
Journal/ Publication
Annals of Glaciology
Pagination
1-14
Abstract

A new drilling system was developed by the US Ice Drilling Program (IDP) to rapidly drill through overlying ice to collect subglacial rock cores. The Agile Sub-Ice Geological (ASIG) Drill system is capable of drilling up to 700 m of ice in a continuous manner. Intermittent ice core samples can be taken as needed. Ten-plus meters of subglacial bedrock and unconsolidated, frozen sediment cores can be drilled with wireline core retrieval. The functionality of the drill system was demonstrated in 2016-17 at the Pirrit Hills, Antarctica where 8 m of high-quality, continuous granite core was retrieved beneath 150 m of ice. The particulars of the drill system development, features and performance are discussed.

DOI
10.1017/aog.2020.59
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Categories Hydrofracture, Subglacial Access, Subglacial Till/Bedrock Drilling
Citation Tanner W Kuhl , Chris J Gibson, Jay A Johnson, Grant Boeckmann, Elliot Moravec, Kristina R Slawny ( 2020 ) Agile Sub-Ice Geological (ASIG) Drill development and Pirrit Hills field project. Annals of Glaciology , 1-14 . doi: 10.1017/aog.2020.59
Lead Author
Tanner W Kuhl