MSSU student using drone in mining district research
In the past, someone wanting an aerial view of the Tri-State Mining District would have had to rent an airplane and hire a photographer.
Kush Bhakta, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Missouri Southern State University, has come up with a much more efficient way to monitor the ongoing cleanup at the region’s mining sites. He is using an unmanned aerial vehicle, a drone, to capture images from an altitude of 1,000 feet that can be compared with the historical record.
Over the last several months, Bhakta has collected videos and still images from areas in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma – the Tri-State district where lead and zinc were heavily mined from the mid-1800s to 1970.
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