UMD embarking on constructing Antarctica Research Drilling Platform

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UMD embarking on constructing Antarctica Research Drilling Platform

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota–Duluth (UMD) is being awarded with $8.9 million by the National Science Foundation to construct a new drilling platform for research in Antarctica.

The university describes the Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) as a drilling system that can penetrate the Antarctic ice sheets in order to take cores of the deepest ice, sample across the glacial bed and continue coring into bedrock below.

RAID is a mobile drilling device which can be operated by only three people, and can make multiple long boreholes in a single field season (Nov.–Feb.) in Antarctica, the university says.

This drilling device, which will be constructed and tested at UMD, will provide a first look at the interface between the major ice caps and their subglacial geology. This type of technology has never been tried in Greenland or Antarctica.

Coming up on Monday, we will bring you more depth into the university's drill research project, which is expected to be deployed in late 2017.

Ramona Marozas