Rapid Access Ice Drill

The Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) will drill a borehole through deep Antarctic ice, and core into the glacial bed and bedrock below. This new technology will provide a critical first look at the interface between major ice caps and their subglacial geology.

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RAID Design

The RAID design is based fundamentally on a conventional diamond drilling system like that used in mineral exploration, modified to operate in polar conditions, operate in an autonomous manner, and reach the depths required by the scientific objectives.

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RAID Project Forum

The RAID project forum is intended for use by the scientific research community that is using or has an interest in the RAID Project. Register today to join the discussion!

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RAID Science Workshop

Science Planning Workshop for Research with the Rapid Access Ice Drill
March 2-3, 2017
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, California

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The Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID) will penetrate the Antarctic ice sheets in order to core through deep ice, the glacial bed, and into bedrock below.



RAID will give the scientific community access to a richer record of change on a variety of timescales, from the billionĀ­-year rock record to thousandĀ­-year ice and climate histories.

RAID is supported by the National Science Foundation

Interested in scientific participation?

RAID will be operated as a scientific facility open to 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 let us know.

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