An occasional blog about recent projects
You wait a lifetime for a project about boreholes to come along and then two arrive at once! Following hot on the heals of their geoenergy drilling project, this infographic for NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) plunged me deep beneath the waves with their Remote Drill 1 (RD1).
RD1 isn't new – it's been in use since 1982 (which is pretty impressive in itself), but it is still a very cool piece of kit. The drill, which is lowered from a ship and placed on the seafloor, uses vibrations to drill deep beneath the seabed and extract cores for study.
NERC wanted the infographic to use as a poster for a public outreach event, at which the star attraction was the drill itself. I also provided reformatted pull-out elements for use on social media and online as well as version for use in NERC's Planet Earth magazine (which is free to download and well worth a read by the way).
As well as being fun to draw, it was a joy to be able to talk to the scientists who use the drill and benefit from the samples it recovers – these scientists are, without exception, incredibly passionate about their work and enthusiastic to share it with the public.
Click here to read about some of the science returned by the drill – in this case, how X-rayed sediment cores shed light on what happed to Scotland's ice sheet at the end of the last Ice Age.
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Ben Gilliland is a freelance science writer, graphic journalist, illustrator and author with more than 20 years of experience. This is where he talks about work he has done... on the off-chance anyone is interested.