Poland: Georadar, Unclear Image of Nazi Gold Prepare Discovery

Treasure hunters claim they have found a Nazi train 70 meters, or about 200 feet, inside a mountain in Poland - using something called georadar. German geophysicists have their doubts.

A small georadar being used by a man in SpainPhotos from georadars supposedly function proof of the existence of a secret Nazi-era prepare 70 meters (200 toes) inside a mountain close to the Polish city of Walbrzych in Decrease Silesia.

Deputy Tradition Minister Piotr Zuchowski was assured of the invention, chatting with the press on August 28, including that footage he noticed even confirmed particulars of the prepare, like canons.

However three days later, the pinnacle of the native authorities of Wroclaw sounded way more skeptical. The one footage authorities had obtained, he mentioned, included a sketchy map and a few descriptions. There have been no georadar footage.

Not solely does the very existence of the prepare stay a thriller, due to this fact, however now there are questions as as to whether the georadar footage exist.

The treasure hunters, in the meantime, want to remain nameless.


In precept, all georadars, whether or not used on satellites, at development websites, or inside mines, work the identical means.

BetoScan Georadar Roboterplattform

An engineer testing the concrete flooring of a parking zone with a Betoscan geo-radar

“However the frequencies are totally different for various makes use of,” says Uwe Meyer, who heads the division of geophysical exploration on the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Pure Assets. “The deeper you wish to look right into a rock, the longer your wavelength have to be. And also you want extra vitality to penetrate the bottom.”


And there is a disadvantage to trying deeper, says Jochen Kurz, who works with georadars on the curiously named Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing.

Uwe Meyer Wissenschaftler am BGR

Dr. Uwe Meyer makes use of georadar to analyse geologic formations

“The longer your waves, the sketchier the image you get out of it.”

Take development, Kurz says. When employees look one-meter deep inside a bridge constructed with steel-reinforced concrete, they will establish particular person rods with a diameter of 1 or two inches.

“However within the case of the prepare, we’re coping with completely totally different buildings. If I wish to look 70 meters deep, I would like wavelength of properly over one meter.”

And that is the place physics limitations come into play: It is just doable to detect objects which might be greater than half the wavelength – on this case, properly over one half meter.

At such depths, it could be doable to find out that there’s certainly one thing reflecting underground, however will probably be very troublesome to say precisely what it’s.

Severe doubts

The truth is, Kurz severely doubts georadar might discover something 70 meters deep contained in the rock.

 Dr. Jochen Kurz Fraunhofer Institut

Dr. Jochen Kurz

It might be doable, he says, if the treasure hunters weren’t scanning the mountain from above or from the aspect, however from inside – for instance, from a neighboring tunnel or shaft. Then, after all, the image could possibly be clearer.

“With a construction like a tunnel, I am going to see the cavity. And naturally, if there’s certainly a prepare, I’ll have an ideal reflector – specifically metallic.”

Offered, after all, that the tunnel itself is not made out of metal bolstered concrete, which would supply a protect towards the radar sign.

Nonetheless, whereas it could be theoretically doable to make a two- and even three-dimensional image out of this radar information, it could require huge effort, Kurz says. And a part of the work must be finished from the floor.

A georadar dragged behind a car

A georadar utilized by the German authorities for geographic and uncooked supplies research

“You’d take the antenna and drive, in a meandering means, over that floor. Each line that you simply file together with your georadar is named a radargram. Later, you possibly can compute all these radargrams right into a three-dimensional image.”

However this requires a big, flat floor someplace above the supposed treasure-train – one thing like a subject.

If there’s forest or a rocky panorama, then taking the radargrams shall be way more troublesome. And composing them into an entire image requires greater than common skilled talent.

Geophysicist Uwe Mayer sees much more issues.

“If there’s a layer of groundwater above the prepare, or if there’s moist humus, the bottom shall be extremely conductive, and can due to this fact suck up the radar sign like a dry sponge. The indicators will dissipate proper on the floor – after which, they’re gone.”

A radargram

Studying a three-dimensional radagram (right here) requires a wholesome creativeness

Different means?

Solely in supplies with low conductivity can a radar can penetrate properly – in dry sandy soil, in salt mines or very homogenous rock formations, for instance.

However even when the situations have been completely excellent, Mexer would nonetheless stay skeptical, merely due to the weird depth of the item.

“I feel it could be very troublesome to get as deep as 70 meters with any georadar,” he mentioned.

A georadar image

These 2D georadar photographs have been taken in Italy whereas looking for the tomb of the lady who impressed the Mona Lisa

Maybe, then, the treasure hunters had different instruments at their disposal, corresponding to acoustic applied sciences just like sonar.

Additionally, earth magnetism may go find the prepare.

“If there’s a prepare, certainly, with an enormous locomotive, then there’s a likelihood that the earth’s magnetic subject is enhanced at that place. And that may be detected,” Meyer mentioned.

And magnetism would make sense, would not it?

For a prepare that is filled with gold?

No, that may not make a distinction.

Gold isn’t magnetic

Aline Niyonkuru


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