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Update from the Ice

1/13/2012

Update from the Ice Group Photo

We finished drilling the main borehole on New Year's Eve at a depth of 3404.7 meters, pretty much a day ahead of schedule. A few days of borehole logging followed and we have now started the last evolution of the season, replicate coring. The drillers are setting up a new drill that allows us to do deviation drilling. A pretty common method in the oil industry, we have never done it in ice. The hope is to obtain additional ice samples at depths of particular interest to the community. This year we have 21 days to setup and test, then drill until we have several meters of fully-round ice core. Next year the goal is about 400 meters of ice from five different depths.

We have had some good weather, but the temperatures are starting to drop again. The borehole logging team is headed out as soon as we can get a flight in and camp will start to empty out. Our last day of drilling is 28 January, then camp comes down around our ears, ready or not.

Hope all is well there.
Happy New Year.
Don
 

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