Antarctic Drilling Program


Date of this Version



Scientific Drilling, No. 6, July 2008, pp 29-31

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One of the scientific programs of the Fourth International Polar Year (Allison et al., 2007;, the ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) Program demonstrated ability to recover high quality marine and glacimarine sedi­mentary drill cores from high latitude ice-covered areas. ANDRILL’s inaugural 2006 and 2007 drilling seasons resulted in the two deepest drill holes on the Antarctic conti­nental margin, recovering 2,400 meters of high-quality and nearly continuous sediment core. A chief scientific objective of this collaborative effort of scientists, engineers, techni­cians, students, educators, drillers and support personnel from Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States is the recovery of sedimentary archives from which past climatic and environmental changes in the southern high latitudes can be reconstructed. More than 120 individuals have been involved in each of the two drilling projects, eighty of whom worked in Antarctica during each austral summer season.