The drill site was only just off the main track so we were able to get started fairly quickly this morning. We are using our percussion Terrier rig to attempt to drill through the peat bog, into the glacial clays underneath. We’ve decided on the 87mm size barrel and because of the soft material being drilled we are having to case the hole as we progress. This means drilling a metal sleeve into the ground with the barrel and although this makes the drilling slower, it ensures that the hole doesn’t collapse whilst we’re recovering the core. The first five metres drilled were through the peat and then at 5.80m we found something different - a blue-grey clay with some mudstone fragments. The bedrock is likely to be greater than 20m and as we are trying to get the whole sequence we may have another big day ahead tomorrow.
We’re now sat in the hotel with the wind whistling through the windows and making the most enormous waves crash on the beach opposite. Hopefully the wind will abate by the morning...
Till tomorrow, keep it greased!
(Posted by Steve T)