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Directional drilling in ice caps

N. I. Vasilev1
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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