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Saturday, July 23, 2011

TECH VIGILANCE: 'Google Earth can help fight illegal mining in Goa'!

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If used effectively, internet search engine Google's software Google Earth can help pinpoint and curb illegal mining in Goa's hinterland, noted environmentalist Madhav Gadgil said on Wednesday.
Gadgil, a Padma Bhushan awardee, was speaking at the concluding session of a two-day seminar on environment here.
"Mining activity can be monitored easily using the Google Earth software. This is one way you can keep check on it using satellite imagery," Gadgil said.
The veteran green activist and academic said that the marriage of Goa government's unique mapping of the entire state using satellite imagery during the formulation of the state's futuristic Regional Plan 2021, with the clever use of Google Earth could help locate illegal mining as well as excessive mining in existing leases.
"The Regional Plan's mapping shows the area covered by mines and the leases. It should help locate where illegal mining is going on," Gadgil said.

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