Photos: Looking for land mines

Photos: Looking for land mines

Summary: A device that adds GPR features to a standard metal detector is the latest tech advance in the search for buried explosives.

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  • MineStalker

    The MineStalker from Niitek, of Sterling, Va., is a small remote-controlled vehicle that uses GPR and other sensors to look for land mines. A smaller version called the MiniStalker can be mounted on a tracked platform from iRobot. This MineStalker is on patrol in the Cunene Province of southern Angola (note the rusted tank at right).

  • probing for mine in Sudan

    When HSTAMIDS or a traditional mine detector locates what looks like a land mine, the deminer then has to probe the ground for the object. In some cases, demining teams (here, in Sudan in 2003) may simply dig their way across suspected minefields.

  • Cambodia Landmine Museum

    These teenagers at the Cambodia Landmine Museum each lost a leg to land mines. At one time, the small country of Cambodia was one of the most heavily mined places in the world, and a large area along its border with Thailand is still mined.

    The museum, in the village of Siem Reap, was established by a former Khmer Rouge soldier named Aki Ra to educate locals and tourists about the dangers of unexploded mines. He also runs a demining operation, and he and his wife care for a number of children maimed by mines.

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