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Airplane to Make Low-level Flights Over Parts of Northern Utah
Released: 6/6/2011 12:00:00 PM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: 650-793-1534

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Utah residents should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying airplane over parts of northern Utah during the next two weeks.

Beginning on or about June 8th and lasting approximately one month, an airplane under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey, and in partnership with the Utah Geological Survey, will begin collecting and recording geophysical measurements over parts of northern Utah from Snowville, east to Brigham City, and south to Farmington Bay.  The flights will cover the eastern and southern parts of Box Elder County, western parts of Weber and Davis Counties, and the northern tip of Salt Lake County.

Scientific equipment is mounted to the aircraft and is designed to map geologic structures beneath the land surface by measuring the magnetic characteristics of the rocks. This analysis is part of an ongoing USGS federal research program to identify physical occurrences such as changes in rock types, ultimately providing a better understanding of the geology and hydrology of the area.

The plane is controlled by experienced pilots who are specially trained for low-level flying and who are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure flights are in accordance with U.S. law.

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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