Dispatches from the Bottom of the Earth: An Antarctic Expedition in Search of Lost Mountains Encased in Ice
Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet and will be updating Scientific American readers regularly. Following are her initial thoughts as she--and her team--prepare to set off.
The program has already begun. The Australian team sailed from Hobart, Tasmania, in mid October. The British science team arrived in Antarctica last week to prepare the aircraft for the northern camp. The team preparing the U.S. aircraft in Antarctica came on November 10. Now we will see if our strategy to image the Gamburtsev Mountains can put them back on the map.