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Drilling project at Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains, East Antarctica: recent progress and plans for the future

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Pavel Talalay
Pavel Talalay
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Youhong Sun
Youhong Sun
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Yue Zhao
Yue Zhao
Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, No.11 Minzu Daxue Nanlu, Haidian district, Beijing, China
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Yuansheng Li
Yuansheng Li
Polar Research Institute of China, No. 451 Jinqiao Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, China
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Pinlu Cao
Pinlu Cao
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Alexey Markov
Alexey Markov
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Huiwen Xu
Huiwen Xu
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Rusheng Wang
Rusheng Wang
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Nan Zhang
Nan Zhang
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Xiaopeng Fan
Xiaopeng Fan
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Yang Yang
Yang Yang
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Mikhail Sysoev
Mikhail Sysoev
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Yongwen Liu
Yongwen Liu
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Yunchen Liu
Yunchen Liu
Polar Research Center, Jilin University, No. 938 Ximinzhu str., Changchun City, Jilin Province, China
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract

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.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Exploration of Subsurface Antarctica: Uncovering Past Changes and Modern Processes

M. J. Siegert
M. J. Siegert
Imperial College London, UK
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S. S. R. Jamieson
S. S. R. Jamieson
Durham University, UK
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D. A. White
D. A. White
University of Canberra, Australia
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The Geological Society of London
Volume
461
ISBN electronic:
9781786203427
Publication date:
January 01, 2018

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