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Helicopter to Make Low-level Flights Over Western Nebraska
Released: 6/21/2010 3:18:46 PM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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Reston, VA 20192
Marisa Lubeck 1-click interview
Phone: 303-202-4765

Nebraska residents should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying helicopter over western areas of the state in late-June.

Beginning on June 26th and lasting about two weeks, a helicopter monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will begin collecting and recording geologic measurements over western Nebraska for information about buried sand and gravel aquifers.

The helicopter will fly over a study site north of Sidney in Cheyenne County, a site along the North Platte River near Minatare and Bridgeport in Scotts Bluff and Morrill Counties, a site down river of Lake McConaughy in Keith County, and the area of Western Cannel south of Big Springs and Brule in Keith County.

Scientific equipment is towed about 100 feet below the helicopter in a ‘spider web’ array and is designed to map geologic structures beneath the earth. It is controlled by experienced pilots who are specially trained for low-level flying and operated by SkyTem ApS. of Beder, Denmark.

This scientific analysis is designed to study the area’s water resources such as sand and gravel aquifers via an aerial perspective.  It is part of an ongoing USGS federal research program to identify physical occurrences such as changes in rock types.

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in publicizing this information is appreciated.

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