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RAID is intrinsically multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary! This novel drilling technology will provide an entirely new way to obtain in situ measurements and samples of ice, glacial bed, and rock for interdisciplinary studies in geology, glaciology, paleoclimate, microbiology, and astrophysics. The RAID drilling platform will give the scientific community access to a rich record of geologic and climatic change on a variety of timescales, from the billion-year rock record to thousand-year ice and climate histories.

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RAID will be operated as a scientific facility by the University of Minnesota for the U.S. Antarctic research community. Use of the drilling platform will be organized by collaborative research proposals to the NSF. If you are interested in participating in the science, please contact one of the PIs.


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