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News Release 08-178

U.S.-Led, International AGAP Team Poised to Probe One of Antarctica's Last Unexplored Places

Researchers will use aircraft and seismic studies to "image" an ice-buried mountain range the size of the Alps

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Robin Bell (left), co-chief scientist for the U.S. AGAP research team, and Michael Studinger, both of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, discuss the upcoming field campaign to determine the history and nature of the Gamburtsev Mountains, a range that rivals the Alps, but which is buried under four kilometers of ice.

Credit: National Science Foundation/Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


Douglas Wiens, a professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses how he will lay out a system of seismic sensors to measure vibrations through the Earth's surface that will pinpoint the origins of the Gamburtsev Mountains.

Credit: National Science Foundation/Washington University in St. Louis