Drilling project at Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains, East Antarctica: recent progress and plans for the future
Pavel Talalay, Youhong Sun, Yue Zhao, Yuansheng Li, Pinlu Cao, Alexey Markov, Huiwen Xu, Rusheng Wang, Nan Zhang, Xiaopeng Fan, Yang Yang, Mikhail Sysoev, Yongwen Liu, Yunchen Liu, 2018. "Drilling project at Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains, East Antarctica: recent progress and plans for the future", Exploration of Subsurface Antarctica: Uncovering Past Changes and Modern Processes, M. J. Siegert, S. S. R. Jamieson, D. A. White
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The Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains (GSM), located in the central part of East Antarctica, have become the subject of great scientific interest because the mechanism driving the uplift of the range, which resembles younger mountain ranges in shape, in the middle of the old Antarctic Plate is unknown. The next step planned in the exploration of the GSM will be focused on direct examination of the ice sheet bed by drilling. The use of cable-suspended drilling technology is proposed. All of the drilling equipment will be installed inside a movable, sledge-mounted, temperature-controlled, and wind-protected drilling shelter and workshop connected by steel pathway. To drill through ice and bedrock, a new version of the cable-suspended ice and bedrock electromechanical drill was designed and tested. During the 2017–18 season, the drilling shelter and workshop will be assembled near the Zhongshan Station and first field tests will be carried out. Drilling for bedrock on the GSM is planned as soon as full financial and logistical support is obtained for the project.