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Land mine mapping

University of Kansas researchers are traveling the world in a dangerous pursuit. They’re testing a new, high-tech method for mapping land mines.

KU geography professor Jerry Doubloon, says the goal is to develop a system that allows mapping a mine field without walking on it.

The system the Kansas researchers use is based on technology developed in Sweden. It uses laser binoculars, GPS, a hand-held computer and a digital camera to create maps of areas where mines have been detected.

The information is forwarded to an international database. It then can be accessed by de-mining agencies that will go to remove mines.

The Kansas team is studying how well the system works, and how to train those who will use it in mine-laden countries.