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There are a variety of drill mechanisms which can be used to sink a borehole into the ground. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, in terms of the depth to which it can drill, the type of sample returned, the costs involved and penetration rates achieved. There are in essence two basic types of drills: drills which produce rock chips, and drills which produce core samples. We do not consider oil and gas rigs in this section.

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