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Joel Robinson Honored for geological research
OXFORD, Ohio -- Joel E. Robinson, a second year master's
degree student in geology at Miami University, is being honored by the
Geological Society of America for his research on a possible source of copper
in Northwest Pakistan.
Robinson's thesis pertains to using the Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) satellite
to map geologically the Waziristan region in Pakistan.
The Waziristan region is essentially an unexplored area for geologists.
Robinson will participate in a research expedition at the site for four weeks
TM data have proved to be effective in resolving a large number of rock types.
Statistically enhanced datasets, called false color principal component and
decorrelation stretched images, were the most effective in differentiating
igneous and sedimentary rocks, Robinson said.
The techniques required field work to determine the type of rock being
resolved. The field work that has made Robinson's project possible was done by
Dr. Edwin Gnos of Stanford University and Dr. Richard Beck of Miami University.
The research was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the
Hampton Fund for International Initiatives.
Gossans, decomposed rock, associated with economically important massive
sulphide copper deposits were identified by spectral ratio images, Robinson
Robinson was born and raised in Akron, where he graduated from James A.
Garfield High School in 1992. He received a bachelor's degree in geology from
Miami in 1996.