The hot-water fern drill used for construction of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.

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http://polarpower.org/PTC/2013_pdf/PTC_2013_Benson.pdf

1400 gallons of fuel per mile of drilling. Each hole takes 48h to melt, the fuel for which requires three round trip Hercules flights from McMurdo.

Total project is ~9.5 million pounds to McMurdo from California via NZ by ship then to the pole via 290 [LC-130](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_LC-130) flights ([source](http://www.expeditions.udel.edu/antarctica09/blog-dec-3-2009.html) )

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