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Clean subglacial access : Prospects for future deep hot-water drilling. / Makinson, Keith; Pearce, David; Hodgson, Dominic A.; Bentley, Michael J.; Smith, Andrew M; Tranter, Martyn; Rose, Mike; Ross, Neil; Mowlem, Matt; Parnell, John; Siegert, Martin J.

In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol. 374, No. 2059, 20140304, 28.01.2016.

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Makinson, K, Pearce, D, Hodgson, DA, Bentley, MJ, Smith, AM, Tranter, M, Rose, M, Ross, N, Mowlem, M, Parnell, J & Siegert, MJ 2016, 'Clean subglacial access: Prospects for future deep hot-water drilling', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, vol. 374, no. 2059, 20140304. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2014.0304

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Makinson, K., Pearce, D., Hodgson, D. A., Bentley, M. J., Smith, A. M., Tranter, M., ... Siegert, M. J. (2016). Clean subglacial access: Prospects for future deep hot-water drilling. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 374(2059), [20140304]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2014.0304

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Makinson K, Pearce D, Hodgson DA, Bentley MJ, Smith AM, Tranter M et al. Clean subglacial access: Prospects for future deep hot-water drilling. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 2016 Jan 28;374(2059). 20140304. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2014.0304

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Makinson, Keith ; Pearce, David ; Hodgson, Dominic A. ; Bentley, Michael J. ; Smith, Andrew M ; Tranter, Martyn ; Rose, Mike ; Ross, Neil ; Mowlem, Matt ; Parnell, John ; Siegert, Martin J. / Clean subglacial access : Prospects for future deep hot-water drilling. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 2016 ; Vol. 374, No. 2059.

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