RAID TEAM, 2019-2020

RAID TEAM, 2019-2020

Our theme this year is “We go deep together”. The deep part has been accomplished! We have drilled deeper and faster in ice to reach bedrock than anytime previously. Our accomplishments this year show that the RAID drilling system can do what we thought it could do....
WE DID IT!

WE DID IT!

By John Goodge and Jeff Severinghaus. On January 16, 2020, RAID successfully drilled through the glacial ice at Minna Bluff and recovered rock core from beneath the subglacial bed at a depth of 681 m, a new record for deep ice exploration in Antarctica. It was a...
FIELD LIFE 101: The Bathroom Situation

FIELD LIFE 101: The Bathroom Situation

Contributed by Martha Sortland The question we get most often from friends and family back home is, “how do the bathrooms work out there?” It’s actually quite fascinating, if you’re not squeamish!  Let’s start with urine. In Antarctica, you can’t pee wherever...
MINNA COCINA

MINNA COCINA

RESTAURANT REVIEW Excerpted from The Daily Raider. This week we stopped in at Minna Cocina, a small but up-and-coming eatery gaining a strong following in the greater McMurdo area. It’s certainly off the beaten track, but well worth the drive. In fact, some...
DRILLING UPS AND DOWNS

DRILLING UPS AND DOWNS

I’d like to say that we are on schedule and that everything has gone according to plan! But that is not the reality of drilling in Antarctica when you’re developing an entirely new approach. We’ve had steady downward progress, that much is good, and we’ve passed...
MAKING SCIENCE HAPPEN

MAKING SCIENCE HAPPEN

In an earlier blog, I briefly introduced the four-person staff at Minna Bluff who run the camp and support our science. Each of them plays a key role in keeping our camp running smoothly, allowing us to focus on field development of the RAID drill. By living and...