Ground Penetrating Radar used in Antarctic Crossing

I came across an article in BBC News that I thought followers of our GPR News Blog would find very interesting. It’s about a team of explores and scientists, in the Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition, who are going to try and set a record crossing of Antarctica. The expedition is expected to take 40 days on the ice to travel 5,800 kilometers (3,604 miles).

To ensure the safety of this expedition they will be using ground penetrating radar to locate potential crevasses that are very dangerous if undetected. Some of these crevasses could be as big as a kilometer (3,280 feet) deep. The GPR will be used ahead of the convoy in areas that are known to have these large death traps.

The convoy will include a couple of monster trucks, which will transport the majority of the crew and their equipment, and a very unique looking propeller-driven scout vehicle (see below) that runs on bio-fuel.  It was this Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle that caught my eye. It looks like something out of Star Wars!

antartic ice vehicle

I could not find any pics of the GPR systems that will be used to locate the crevasses but you can get a peek at them in a video on the BBC News site. There are also a lot of cool (actually frigid) pics of the expedition team in the Antarctic on the official Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition site.

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