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

Situation Report #30; Sunday 01 January 2023

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, 3-5 knots, 642 hPa

Meteo at DC 5 pm: T = −33°C, Wind = W, 5 knots, Wind Chill T = −43°C

Happy New Year to you all!

A slow start for most of us today after the evening’s celebration of the New Year.

Those that made the journey over to Concordia for the festivities travelled back to Little Dome C in the afternoon.

The gallant few that had stayed behind at Little Dome C carefully tuned the drill anti-torque skates and the drill head and cutters, and finally we have begun to make progress again with some good length cores today.

End of day statistics:

Individual runs of the drill were recorded as: 2.64, 2.96, 3.25, 0.28, 3.02 m

  • Drillers’ depth: 404.10 m; daily total 12.17 m
  • Loggers’ depth: 408.78 m; daily total 12.41 m

Rob Mulvaney & Frank Wilhelms - LDC, 03 Jan 2023