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

Situation Report #53, 18 January 2024

Personnel @LDC: Saverio Panichi (ENEA, Camp Leader),  Matthias Hüther (AWI),Gunther Lawer (AWI), Johannes Lemburg (AWI), Andrea Ceinini (ENEA), Tamara Gerber (UCPH), Iben Koldtoft (UCPH), Julien Westhoff (UCPH), James Veale (BAS), and Inès Gay (IPEV)

Personnel @Concordia: Olivier Alemany (CNRS), Philippe Possenti (CNRS), Remi Dallmayr (AWI), Federico Scoto (CNR)

Personnel @MZS: Fortunat Joos (UNIB), Michaela Mühl (UNIB)

Weather at LDC 5 pm: sunny and windy; no more weather data

After some minor problems with the motor section in the morning, we managed to start drilling at 10 am. We drilled 31.51 m until 7:30 pm and we will finish our last drill run of the season around midnight today.

Today we also moved more cargo to Concordia, for both winter storage and transport to Europe. The new sanitary module is back at Concordia, reducing the number of showers and toilets to one.

What we did today at LDC:

  • drilling in shift;
  • continued packing down camp.

End of day statistics at 19h30:

  • Driller’s depth: 1827.02 m;
  • we made 7 drilling runs between yesterday 19h30 and 19h30 today. The length of the cores was: 4.52, 4.51, 4.50, 4.54, 4.53, 4.43, 4.48 (driller length), for a total of 31.51 meters.
  • Logger’s depth: 1826.35 m.
  • Current processing depth: 1695 m; daily total: 0 m; season total: 1367 m.

Olivier Alemany, Matthias Hüther, Julien Westhoff and Saverio Panichi. LDC, 18.01.2024