USGS to conduct low-level airborne tests in southeast MO - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

USGS to conduct low-level airborne tests in southeast MO

(Source: U.S Geological Survey) (Source: U.S Geological Survey)

The U.S. Geological Survey will be conducting a high-resolution airborne survey in the St. Francois Mountains starting Monday, December 21.

For the next month, the USGS will be making low-level flights in southeast Missouri regions including Iron, Madison, St. Francois and Reynolds counties.

All flights will be conducted by experienced pilots and will be coordinated within Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

The flights are being conducted so the USGS can collect information about the geology and mineral deposits of the region.

USGS researchers are hoping these flights will help people better understand the geology and important iron-oxide, copper, cobalt, gold and other rare earth element deposits in the area.

Residents and other people in the area are asked to not be alarmed if they see a low-flying airplane.

The air craft will be carrying certain scientific instruments, including a magnetometer and a gamma-ray spectrometer.

The USGS said none of the instruments pose a health risk to people or animals.

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