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Applied and fundamental research in physics and mathematics

Directional drilling in ice caps

N. I. Vasil'ev1
P. G. Talalai2
A. N. Dmitriev3
S. V. Yankilevich4
A. A. Prokazov5
V. Ya. Lipenkov6
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  • 1 — Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University)
  • 2 — Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University)
  • 3 — Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University)
  • 4 — Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University)
  • 5 — Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University)
  • 6 — GU «Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute»
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Directional drilling technology can be used in glacier boreholes to obtain additional ice cores and to pass over sticking drills. Experimental sidetracking of 5G-2 hole in the deep borehole at Vostok station, Antarctica, showed the high efficiency of the directional drilling without using of special whip-stocks to deviate the hole. 

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