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Press Release 12-055

First-ever Use of Airborne Resistivity System in Antarctica Allows Researchers to Look Beneath Surface in Untapped Territories

NSF partners with international team to gather new information on hidden environments and past climate conditions in Antarctica

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Photo of a helicopter carrying SkyTEM mapping technology over Lake Fryxell in Antarctica.

NSF funded and inaugural use of SkyTEM techonology prepares to map topography at Lake Fryxell on the continent of Antarctica.

Credit: Lars Jensen


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Photo of a helicopter preparing to launch SkyTEM mapping technology on the Antarctic sea ice.

Helicopter preparing to launch NSF funded SkyTEM mapping technology on the sea ice in Antarctica.

Credit: Lars Jensen


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Photo of a helicopter deploying SkyTem mapping technology in Antarctica.

Close up view of helicopter deploying NSF-funded technology to map topography in Antarctica for better research capabilities by scientists.

Credit: SkyTEM technology maps topography in Antarctica for the first time.


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Image looking from a helicopter down to a mapping device in Antarctica.

Image looking down from helicopter to mapping device in Antarctica. This equipment, used for the first time ever in Antarctica, enables researchers to study microbial ecosystems in sub-glacial environments.

Credit: Paul Murphy


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