September 2002
Volume 54    Issue 9

Snow tunneling at the South Pole

Mining Engineering , 2002, Vol. 54, No. 9, pp. 2-11
Wright, John H.; Walsh, Michael R.; Jensen, Eivind B.

The United States Antarctic Program (USAP), through its principal support contractor Raytheon Polar Services Co. (RPSC), has recently completed a three-year project comprising nearly 936 m (3,071 ft) of undersnow utility tunnels at Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole, Antarctica. The tunnel serves the new station facilities that are currently under construction. It houses the piping that conveys fresh water from current and future water well sites, as well as waste water to repositories in abandoned wells. The undersnow tunnels permit year-round access for system operations and maintenance.

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