12 July 2010

The grey processers

A salute to the brave team!!
The ice core processers are grey of exhaustion processing the worst part of the brittle ice.

The ice core processers are really struggling to cut samples from the very brittle ice. Every core is a puzzle and the internal breaks fracture when the core is cut. All extra hands in the camp help and the daily production is kept high. A salute to the brave team!!

The deep borehole is cleaned from ice chips with a filter and after dinner the first ice cores are produced. We can see the effect of the ice eating glycol but due to the small amount of added glycol the damage is limited. We hope to be back in a good production mode tomorrow.

Drilling: 0.0 m, drillers depth: 2420.95 m
Logging: 0.0 m, loggers depth: 2437.73 m
Processing: bag 1411-1450 (22.0 m) 797.50m
CFA: bag 3770-3813 (24.2m), CFA depth 2097.15m

What we have done today:
1. Filtering borehole and changing drill head to a smaller pitch.
2. Processed deep ice cores.
3. CFA measurements.
4. Assembling DK 3 inch shallow drill.
5. Repacking gas samples to stop sample distribution at 200m depth.
6. Preparation of food order lists

Ad 1. 2 filter runs only gave 3 kg of ice chips. (written by Dorthe. A more professional story might follow tomorrow).

Weather: Clear blue sky, winds up to 8 knots from SSE and temperatures -16°C to -7°C. At 22:00 clouds rolled in.

FL’s Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Anders Svensson

The glycol core is now fitted to the next core (drilled after 19:00). It is amazing that it is possible to fit the cores as well as it is done.


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