Little Dome C - Beyond EPICA Oldest Ice Drilling Site (75.29917 °S, 122.44516 °E) – Season 2022/23

Situation Report #27; Thursday 29 December 2022

Personnel @LDC: Saverio Panichi (ENEA, Camp Leader), Frank Wilhelms (AWI, Chief Driller), Robert Mulvaney (BAS, Chief Scientist), Giuditta Celli (UNIVE, ISP), Romily Harris Stuart (LSCE), Matthias Hüther (AWI), Gunther Lawer (AWI), Johannes Lemburg (AWI), Martin Leonhardt (AWI), Michele Scalet (ENEA), Julien Westhoff (NBI), Andrea de Vito (ENEA)

Personnel @DC: Markus Grimmer (UNIBE), Florian Krauss (UNIBE)

Weather at LDC 5 pm: sunny, 3 to 5 knots, 643 hPa

Meteo at DC 5 pm: T = −34°C, Wind = S, 5 knots, Wind Chill T = −45°C

Disappointing drilling continues; pizza night cheers us up

Another day of struggling to make progress with the drilling – we are still failing to find a drill configuration that penetrates the ice. We’re all a little puzzled now.

But Saverio suggested pizzas for dinner tonight, so we made the most of the occasion by ending one shift 30 minutes early and starting the next a little late in order that we could all eat together. Nothing like a pizza in company for raising morale!

End of day statistics:

Individual runs of the drill were recorded as: 0.37, 0.20, 0.0, 0.0, 0.71, 1.38, 1.43, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 m

  • Drillers’ depth: 380.45 m; daily total 4.25 m
  • Loggers’ depth: 385.17 m; daily total 4.11 m
  • Processors’ depth: 217.00 m; daily total 30 m

Rob Mulvaney & Frank Wilhelms - LDC, 02 Jan 2023