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

Situation Report #21, 23 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), Julian Westhoff (NBI), Andrea de Vito (ENEA)

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

Weather at LDC 5 pm: cloudy, 7/8 Stratus, 4 knots

Meteo at DC 5 pm: T = −36°C, Wind = SW, 5 knots, Wind Chill T = −48°C

Drilling ran even better today, with 12 runs of the drill producing more than 2m of core on each drop, giving us a daily total of 30.84 m logged by the drillers. All cores were unbroken, which is always a bonus if you are the one logging them or, later still, processing and measuring them!

End of day statistics:

Individual runs of the drill were recorded as: 2.03, 2.61, 2.86, 2.93, 2.61, 2.46, 2.79, 2.60, 2.83, 2.35, 2.05, 2.39 m

  • Drillers’ depth: 291.47 m; daily total 30.84 m
  • Loggers’ depth: 296.88 m; daily total 31.01 m
  • Processors’ depth: 128.0 m; daily total 0.0 m (planned power down to processing laboratory)

Rob Mulvaney & Frank Wilhelms - LDC, 24.12.2022