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Remote Sensing

Lasers map ancient civilization, in a matter of days

New York Times
11 May 2010

Archeologists in Belize used airborne laser signals that penetrate the jungle cover and are reflected from the ground below. They yielded 3-D images of the site of ancient Caracol, one of the great cities of the Maya lowlands.

In only four days, a twin-engine aircraft equipped with an advanced version of lidar (light detection and ranging) flew back and forth over the jungle and collected data surpassing the results of two and a half decades of on-the-ground mapping.

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Caracol archeological project at University of Central Florida