• Short Summary

    HIGH IN THE ALPES MARITIMES, THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTH-WEST FRANCE, A TEAM OF MEN ARE NOW EXPLORING HUNDREDS OF FEET BENEATH THE EARTH -- USING NOT ONLY CLIMBING, BUT ALSO DIVING EQUIPMENT.

  • Description

    HIGH IN THE ALPES MARITIMES, THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTH-WEST FRANCE, A TEAM OF MEN ARE NOW EXPLORING HUNDREDS OF FEET BENEATH THE EARTH -- USING NOT ONLY CLIMBING, BUT ALSO DIVING EQUIPMENT.IN AN AGE OF ASTRONAUTS AND OCEANAUTS, THE FRENCH HAVE CALLED THEM "SUBTERRANEANAUTS" -- IN OTHER WORDS, POTHOLERS.

    THEIR LEADER IS ONE MICHEL SIFFRE, WHO YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) FLEW BY HELICOPTER INTO THE MARGUAREIS DISTRICT, WHERE A BASE CAMP HAS BEEN SET UP FOR THE EXPLORATIONS.FOR TWO MONTHS LAST YEAR SIFFRE WORKED ON ALL ALONE IN THE COLD, DAMP AND DARK CONDITIONS OF LIFE UNDERGROUND.NOW EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER, HIS EXPEDITION, ORGANISED BY THE FRENCH SPELEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, INCLUDES SEVEN OTHERS.

    HELICOPTERS HAVE FLOWN IN A LARGE AMOUNT OF SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR POTHOLING AND RESEARCH: MUCH OF IT DEVELOPED FROM SIFFRE'S EARLIER WORK.IT INCLUDES LIGHT METAL LADDERS, HUNDREDS OF FEET OF ROPE, CLIMBING HOOKS AND PULLEYS AND A DIVING SUIT FOR SIFFRE HIMSELF WHO IS TO FOLLOW THE COURSE OF AN UNDERGROUND RIVER.THROUGHOUT THE EXPLORATION, CONSTANT RADIO CONTACT WILL BE KEPT WITH THE BASE ABOVE.

    THE TEAM WILL CHECK THE RATE OF GLACIER MOVEMENTS, MAKE ISOTOPIC STUDIES, TAKE SAMPLES OF BACTERIOLOGICAL LIFE, AND MEASURE THE LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVITY.IT ALSO HOPES TO PENETRATE THE PREVIOUSLY UNEXPLORED PIAGGIA-BELLA CREVASSE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4MR49PJYIU0OTM2YUMQ4ITPAB
    Media URN:
    VLVA4MR49PJYIU0OTM2YUMQ4ITPAB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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