SHALDRIL is a consortium of U.S. scientists that are utilizing the RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer to demonstrate the feasibility of ship-based diamond coring along the Antarctic continental margin. It is hoped this type of mobile and flexible drilling system will then be available to the broader scientific community for further exploration of the gap that currently exists in our technical capability to explore the Antarctic shelves between the shore-line/fast-ice margin and the continental slope. SHALDRIL will be able to operate effectively in the "no man’s land" that exists between the near-shore (where the fast-ice-based Cape Roberts Project was successful) and the upper slope (where ODP’s JOIDES Resolution becomes most efficient).
All cores from the Shaldril cruises are now at the AMGRF. They are presently undergoing final processing by the curatorial staff. Please contact the curators for further information on their availability for scientific studies.