Remote sensing for dinosaur fossils

Posted on May 11th, 2012 by

This is a guest blog by senior Geography major Matt Claypool as part of GEG-345 Remote Sensing of Environment.

A lot of kids and adults (including myself) are fascinated by dinosaurs and captivated by their size, power, and variety.  Our imaginations create images by observing the bones that are found buried in the ground.  A technique being tested today uses remote sensing to help find fossils.  First, images are observed for rock formations that could yield fossils.  Next ground-penetrating radar is used to detect potential dinosaur fossils up to 10 meters underground.

Here is a link to see how this process is done and learn about one of the fossil finds.



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