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

Situation Report #38, 3 January 2024

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), Tamara Gerber (UCPH), Iben Koldtoft (UCPH), Julien Westhoff (UCPH), James Veale (BAS), Fortunat Joos (UNIB), and Inès Gay (IPEV)

Personnel @Concordia: Michaela Mühl (UNIB), Federico Scoto (CNR) 

Weather at LDC 1 pm: sunny, T = -20°C, Wind = 1.5 m/s

After a difficult start yesterday, we have had quite a stable drilling mode, enabling us once again to obtain cores over four meters long.

Same in the science trench, after some problems yesterday, the day has been easier and processing is going well.

What we did today at LDC:

  • drilled in shift;
  • processed 27 ice cores;
  • did some BAS geophysical measurements;
  • some science activites at Concordia.

End of day statistics at 19h30:

  • Driller’s depth: 1414.08 m;
  • we made 7 runs between 19h30 yesterday and 19h30 today. The length of the cores was: 4, 4.17, 4.24, 4.49, 4.43, 4.18, 4.56, and 4.63 (driller length), for a total of 34.7 meters.
  • Logger’s depth:1415.37m
  • Current processing depth: 1388 m; daily total: 27 m; season total: 1062 m.

Olivier Alemany, Matthias Hüther, Julien Westhoff and Saverio Panichi. LDC, 03.01.2024