UK team claims fastest land crossing of Antarctica

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LONDON. December 10. KAZINFORM A British expedition to Antarctica says it has succeeded in establishing a new record - the fastest land crossing of the southernmost continent; Kazinform refers to BBC News.

The Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition said the 10-man team had completed the crossing in under 13 days, smashing all previous records.

The total distance covered was 1,945.9km (1209 miles) in 303 hours.

The team set off from the Union Glacier airstrip on 25 November and arrived on the Ross Ice Shelf earlier on Thursday.

The team - explorers, mechanics and scientists - travelled in convoy led by a propeller-driven biofuelled scout vehicle. Two large "monster" trucks followed behind carrying most of the crew and equipment.

The expedition had planned to conduct several scientific tests en route.

These included testing the efficiency of biofuels at extreme temperatures and wireless health monitoring equipment carried by the crew.

They were also planning to collect samples of snow to test for trace metals, to track the passage of pollutants within the southern hemisphere; Kazinform cites BBC News.

See www.bbc.co.uk for full version.

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