BibTex format

author = {Makinson, K and Pearce, D and Hodgson, DA and Bentley, MJ and Smith, AM and Tranter, M and Rose, M and Ross, N and Mowlem, M and Parnell, J and Siegert, MJ},
doi = {10.1098/rsta.2014.0304},
journal = {Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
title = {Clean subglacial access: prospects for future deep hot-water drilling},
url = {},
volume = {374},
year = {2015}

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AB - Accessing and sampling subglacial environments deep beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet presents several challenges to existing drilling technologies. With over half of the ice sheet believed to be resting on a wet bed, drilling down to this environment must conform to international agreements on environmental stewardship and protection, making clean hot-water drilling the most viable option. Such a drill, and its water recovery system, must be capable of accessing significantly greater ice depths than previous hot-water drills, and remain fully operational after connecting with the basal hydrological system. The Subglacial Lake Ellsworth (SLE) project developed a comprehensive plan for deep (greater than 3000 m) subglacial lake research, involving the design and development of a clean deep-ice hot-water drill. However, during fieldwork in December 2012 drilling was halted after a succession of equipment issues culminated in a failure to link with a subsurface cavity and abandonment of the access holes. The lessons learned from this experience are presented here. Combining knowledge gained from these lessons with experience from other hot-water drilling programmes, and recent field testing, we describe the most viable technical options and operational procedures for future clean entry into SLE and other deep subglacial access targets.
AU - Makinson,K
AU - Pearce,D
AU - Hodgson,DA
AU - Bentley,MJ
AU - Smith,AM
AU - Tranter,M
AU - Rose,M
AU - Ross,N
AU - Mowlem,M
AU - Parnell,J
AU - Siegert,MJ
DO - 10.1098/rsta.2014.0304
PY - 2015///
SN - 1471-2962
TI - Clean subglacial access: prospects for future deep hot-water drilling
T2 - Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
UR -
UR -
VL - 374
ER -