March 18, 2016
Ground-penetrating radar systems are being used to detect land mines in Columbia far more effectively than with traditional methods.
German researchers from Ruhr University Bochum are aiming to create a handheld device in the long run that will unfailingly detect different mine types on rough terrain and which can be used in the same way as metal detectors.
Although Colombia has not experienced any military conflicts, many areas are teeming with land mines which have been laid by guerrilla forces and members of drug cartels. As these booby traps were not industrially manufactured but were assembled from various everyday objects, they are almost impossible to detect with traditional methods.