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Drones map High Plateaus Basin in the Moroccan Atlas for first time

Drones map High Plateaus Basin in the Moroccan Atlas for first time

Drones map High Plateaus Basin in the Moroccan Atlas for the first time according to a paper of the Centro Nacional de Investigación Sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) in the Journal of Maps. The drones capture high-resolution aerial images and topographies that help the understanding of human evolution in North Africa during the Quaternary in Eastern Marocco.

Drones map High Plateaus Basin in the Moroccan Atlas for first time

“We used the drones from our Digital Mapping and 3-D Analysis Laboratory to analyze how the landscape in this intramountain basin in the Atlas chain has evolved, and thus distinguish the different geological formations,” says the lead author of this work, Alfonso Benito Calvo, head of the Geomorphology and Formation Processes line of research at CENIEH.

The drone mapping showed that the formation of shallow lakes and wetlands were ultimately formed by fluvial channels marked by the abundant geological materials on the great plains.

“Numerous archaeological remains of different chronologies are preserved today in this geological record, indicating the great potential of the region for studying the archaeological history of North Africa from the Pliocene to the present day,” says Benito Calvo.

You can read more here about how the drones were used for mapping purposes.

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