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Laser Analysis Used for Mining

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AACHEN, Germany, Jan. 3, 2011 — As the demand for minerals and other natural resources increases so does the need for the optimization of mining techniques. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has now developed a laser analysis system that makes identifying potential mineral reserves more reliable. The most common methods for mining are drilling, blasting and cutting. In order to decide which areas are worth mining, a mine operator needs to be able to model the deposit accurately, showing where, at what depth and at what concentration the desired ore is to be found. This not only avoids the pointless...Read full article

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