Proposal for penetration and exploration of sub-glacial Lake Vostok, Antarctica

Title Proposal for penetration and exploration of sub-glacial Lake Vostok, Antarctica
Publication Type
Journal Article
Year
2002
Author(s) Verkulich SR , Kudryashov BB, Barkov NI, Nikolay I Vasiliev, Vostretsov RN, Dmitriev AN, Zubkov VM, Krasilev AV, Pavel Talalay, Volodya Ya Lipenkov, Savatyugin LM, Kuz'mina IN
Journal/ Publication
Memoirs of National Institute of Polar Research. Special issue 56
Pagination
245-252
ISSN
03860744
Abstract

According to directions issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Russia to the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and St. Petersburg Mining Institute, a new project has been launched with the aim to develop technology for the ecologically safe in situ exploration of sub-glacial Lake Vostok (Antarctica). In this paper we propose our current approaches to accessing the lake and sampling its water using the deep Hole 5G-l at Vostok Station. It is proposed that by maintaining the hydrostatic pressure at the hole bottom slightly lower than pressure of the overburden ice it would be possible to allow lake water to enter the hole and to freeze in it at a certain distance from the bottom after the drill reaches the ice-lake water interface. Then the re-frozen ice in the bottom part of the hole could be cored again in order to obtain lake water samples. The new thermal drill TBPO-132 and drilling operations which are necessary for the proposed method realization, are described.

File
URL
Special Collections International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology Series, 5th International Workshop on Ice Drilling Technology
Categories Subglacial Access, Thermal Drilling
Equipment Electrothermal (ET/ETED/ATED) Drills
Citation Verkulich SR , Kudryashov BB, Barkov NI, Nikolay I Vasiliev, Vostretsov RN, Dmitriev AN, Zubkov VM, Krasilev AV, Pavel Talalay, Volodya Ya Lipenkov, Savatyugin LM, Kuz'mina IN ( 2002 ) Proposal for penetration and exploration of sub-glacial Lake Vostok, Antarctica. Memoirs of National Institute of Polar Research. Special issue 56 , 245-252 .
Lead Author
Verkulich SR