Researchers create a virtual version of Chimney Rock in S.W. Colorado

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Researchers create a virtual version of Chimney Rock in S.W. Colorado

Laser-based technology uncovers new archaeological details

Researchers create a virtual version of Chimney Rock in S.W. Colorado

Associate professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder Gerardo Gutierrez, center, sets up a Riegl VMZ-400 light-detection and ranging (LiDAR) unit at Chimney Rock National Monument on Wednesday. Graduate students Tessa Branyan, left, and Nicole Ela, right, shelter the equipment from a passing rain shower. The team is creating a 3-D model of the area that they plan to release to the public.
A Riegl VMZ-400 light-detection and ranging (LiDAR) unit used by a research team from the University of Colorado Boulder to map Chimney Rock National Monument. The device emits 122,000 pulses per second, enough to collect a data point every 3 millimeters.
Mariana Lujan, Tessa Branyan and Israel Hinojosa carry equipment up a trail at Chimney Rock National Monument on Wednesday. The anthropology students from the University of Colorado Boulder are helping to create 3-D color models using light detection and ranging.
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