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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  • 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.

  • land mine design

    Land mines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are designed to damage tanks and other armored vehicles, others to injure foot soldiers. After the fighting ends, many mines remain in the ground and pose a threat to civilians. These were dug up in Afghanistan.

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