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Lead Dog vehiclesglaciologist collecting snow sampleProject Lead Dog

looking for safe routes across the Arctic

In August 1960 a 41-man team traversed over 600 miles of northern Greenland. Its mission was to experiment with transportation equipment, conduct weather studies, and map a safe route to the northernmost part of the world. The team tested surface conditions on the ice cap, which was as much as 19,000 feet thick in some places. They also tested for movement of the ice cap and took radiation readings.

A number of different vehicles were used during the expedition, but the principal "scout vehicle" was a 1/4-tracked Weasel, whose 20-inch tracks gave its low ground pressure.

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