Extreme Science

July 20, 2009
An Antarctic Expedition in Search of Lost Mountains

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Michael Studinger

The AGAP (Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province) expedition is the first systematic study of our planet's last unexplored mountain range, which lies about 2 1/2 miles (4 km) under the most massive ice sheet on earth, deep in the interior of the Antarctic continent. Working against time in a forbidding climate, scientists have created the first detailed maps of the Gamburtsev Mountains using geophysical survey aircraft equipped with RADAR, laser, and other instruments to look down into the ice sheet.

This lecture was presented as part of the Spring 2009 Public Lecture Series.