Scientific Drones Help Understand Formation of the Bahamas Islands


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Annie Reisewitz writes about the work being done by faculty and students of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami; they are using scientific drones to gain a better understanding of the geological formation of the islands through high-resolution photography. [Photo above: A drones-eye view of the Bahamas.]

University of Miami graduate student Kelly Jackson and Camera Wings Aerial Photography recently teamed up to capture high-resolution photographs of remote islands in the Bahamas using specially equipped drones. The study is aimed at finding new ways to more precisely study the geological evidence preserved inside bedrock during critical events in Earth’s history.

“Drones are changing the way geologists map,” said Jackson, a Ph.D. student in the Marine Geology and Geophysics program at the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “It is now possible to acquire high-resolution photographs and elevation data of the hardest to reach…

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