COOKING IN ANTARCTICA

COOKING IN ANTARCTICA

Contributed by Martha Sortland Martha. I have a feeling the authors of “The Joy of Cooking” never expected a battered copy of their seminal work to be considered a “must have” in an Antarctic field camp.  Thankfully, we no longer need to survive out here the way...
IT TAKES A TEAM

IT TAKES A TEAM

RAID is unlike any other drill. It’s designed to drill deeply and quickly through glacial ice in order to penetrate the oldest ice at the bottom and then drill ahead into bedrock below. Because of the great depths, low temperatures, different media (ice to rock),...
BACK TO WORK

BACK TO WORK

3rd Antarctic Field Trials (AFT3), 2019-20 It’s been a long time since RAID last communicated, but we are back at work! After a hiatus in the 2018-19 season to do some upgrades and service to the modules while other projects used heavy science tractors, we are back at...
TIME FLIES

TIME FLIES

Contributed by Jessica Ng Time flies when you’re having firn. RAID testing is coming to a close, and with it, my first Antarctic field season. I have gained invaluable experience over the past four weeks at this beautiful field site, from the mechanics of camp life to...
HOLDING PRESSURE

HOLDING PRESSURE

We’ve made a lot of progress over the past few days! Since the last post, we moved the drill and rod modules a short distance to start a new borehole. Our thinking is that it is better to focus on augering new holes that we can work with, rather than spend time trying...
DRILLING WITH RAID

DRILLING WITH RAID

Happy holidays from RAID camp at Minna Bluff! Pardon our long ‘radio silence’ while we got camp established and then ventured into the unknowns of experimental drilling. Right off the bat we had a long weather delay and then after early test drilling we discovered a...