|Title||Perspectives for development of ice-core drilling technology: a discussion|
Annals of Glaciology
More than 170 years ago, Louis Agassiz, one of the creators of glacial theory, made his first attempt to drill into the bed of Unteraargletscher, Swiss Alps. Since that time, various systems for thermal and mechanical drilling have been designed especially for boring into ice, and some conventional drill rigs been adopted for ice coring. Although contemporary ice-drilling knowledge and techniques are now familiar, there remain many problems to be solved by advanced modern technology. Specific challenges related to improving old drilling methods and developing new emerging technologies include: (1) identification of depth limitation of ‘dry’ drilling; (2) improvement of casing; (3) searching for the new environmentally friendly low-temperature drilling fluids; (4) reliable elimination of sticking drills; (5) improvement of core quality in the brittle zone; (6) additional core sampling from borehole walls after the core has been drilled; (7) obtaining oriented core; (8) designing automation drilling systems; (9) developing rapid-access drills. Possible ways of solving these problems are presented below.
|Special Collections||ESTISOL 140 Drilling Fluid, International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology Series, 7th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology|
|Categories||Borehole Closure, Brittle Ice, Directional/Replicate Drilling, Drilling Fluids, Fast Access, Ice Core Processing/Storage/Quality, Stuck Drills|
|Citation||Pavel Talalay ( 2014 ) Perspectives for development of ice-core drilling technology: a discussion. Annals of Glaciology , 55 , 68 , 339-350 . doi: 10.3189/2014AoG68A007|