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Geophysical logging data from the world’s highest glacier

Geophysical logging data from the world’s highest glacier

Robertson Geologging is proud to have been the technology partner supporting climate-change scientists from Aberystwyth and Leeds University who travelled to the Himalayas to drill and acquire geophysical logging data through the world’s highest glacier.  The team worked at an altitude of 5,000m (16,400ft), in their quest to find out how climate change affects Khumbu.  The 10-mile (17km) long glacier, in north eastern Nepal, flows from as high as 7,600m (25,000ft) down to 4,900m (16,000ft) and is often used by climbers on their way to Everest base camp. Half of the EverDrill team’s 1,500kg (236-stone) equipment was airlifted onto the glacier by helicopter in several trips, while the other half was guided by Sherpas and yaks.

According to the Project leader Prof Bryn Hubbard, “Working in the field is challenging at best, but this mission presented some particular challenges. We didn’t know how well our equipment will perform at altitude, let alone how we will be able to contend with the thin air.” RG is proud of the flawless performance of its technology on this important mission, tasked to develop a better understanding of what happens in glaciers in response to climate change. Our extensive history of design and performance testing expertise, backed by our ISO compliant manufacturing processes deliver logging systems that are capable of surviving the rugged conditions encountered in such crucial research projects. RG’s range of logging technologies are battle hardened and ready to face whatever challenge our clients may look to overcome.

** With special thanks to Prof Bryn Hubbard of Aberystwyth University.

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