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LIDAR/Pits of Mystery

The most revolutionary mapping technology in a century reveals something odd: dozens of “pits of mystery” in the Willamette Valley. LIDAR laser mapping also uncovers hidden landslides, hazard zones and a previously undiscovered volcano near Portland.

First Broadcast: 2011
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Nicholas Fisher
Videographer: Todd Sonflieth
Videographer: Michael Bendixen
Videos & Photos Courtesy: DOGAMI
Videos & Photos Courtesy: Jason Hinkle: Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Animation Courtesy of: Jim Sipes & University of Oklahoma

More Information
OR Dept. of Geology & Mineral Industries
Seeing Landslides with LIDAR
Oregon LIDAR Interactive Map
USGS: Missoula Floods
Glacial Lake Missoula


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Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2209
Original Broadcast: February 10, 2011