Little Dome C - Beyond EPICA Oldest Ice Drilling Site (75.29917 °S, 122.44516 °E) – Season 2023/24

Situation Report #35, 31 December 2023

Personnel @LDC: Saverio Panichi (ENEA, Camp Leader), Olivier Alemany (CNRS), Philippe Possenti (CNRS), Matthias Hüther (AWI), Remi Dallmayr (AWI), Gunther Lawer (AWI), Johannes Lemburg (AWI), Andrea Ceinini (ENEA), Federico Scoto (CNR), Tamara Gerber (UCPH), Julien Westhoff (UCPH), James Veale (BAS), Michaela Mühl (UNIB), Fortunat Joos (UNIB), and Inès Gay (IPEV)

Personnel @Concordia: Iben Koldtoft (UCPH)

Weather at LDC 1 pm: sunny, T = -18°C, Wind = 3.5 m/s

We continued shift drilling until 1pm today, to allow those who wished to do so to celebrate New Year's Eve at Concordia. We're still drilling core samples of over 4 metres.

The second flight of 33 ice core boxes (at -20°C) to MZS has been organized today. Iben supervised loading.

We continued to process the ice cores and finished 26 cores.

What we did today at LDC:

  • drilled in shift;
  • processed 26 ice cores;
  • did some BAS geophysical measurements on the way to Concordia.

End of day statistics at 13h:

  • Driller’s depth: 1359.97 m;
  • we made 5 runs between 19h30 yesterday and 13h today. The length of the cores was: 4.07, 4.42, 4.33, 4.39, and 4.35 (driller length), for a total of 21.56 meters.
  • Logger’s depth: 1361.31 m
  • Current processing depth: 1336 m; daily total: 26 m; season total: 1010 m.

Olivier Alemany, Matthias Hüther, Julien Westhoff and Saverio Panichi. LDC, 31.12.2023