ANDRILL: ANtarctic geological DRILLing
ANDRILL's success during the 4th International Polar Year.
Florindo, F., Harwood, D., Levy, R., and SMS Project Science Team, 2008.

Antarctic Drilling Recovers Stratigraphic Records from the Continental Margin.
Harwood, D., Florindo, F., Talarico, F., Levy, R., Kuhn, G., Naish, T., Niessen, F., Powell, R., Pyne, A., and Wilson, G., 2009.

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Past Drilling Success
The ANDRILL Program seeks to understand the Cenozoic to Recent history of Antarctica ( ~ 65 million years). The primary goal is to recover long stratigraphic records from proximal locations along the continental margins of Antarctica by drilling from ice shelf or sea ice platform supporting the drill rig and related systems.
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The MIS project drilled to a record-breaking depth of 1284.87 meters below the sea floor (mbsf), with more than 98% rock core recovery. The ANDRILL drill rig was staged on an 85 meter-thick ice shelf floating over 850 meters of water. Analyses of the rock cores indicate substantial glacial/interglacial climatic variation over the past ~6 million years, revealing the history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.This information is incorporated into dynamic glacial and climate models, providing improved model resolution for better future predictions.
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The SMS project collected 1137.84 meters of rock core with greater than 98% recovery. Results include important insights into the history of Antarctica's ice sheets during the Mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum (15 to 18 million years ago), a period much warmer than today. The cores reveal past climate changes, vegetation, and sea level history.
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More than 100 scientists, drillers, engineers, educators, students and support staff were involved in each McMurdo Sound drilling project. These participants came from Germany, Italy, New Zealand and the United States.