Australia: Massive Flying Magnet Deployed To Help Farmers Discover Water

SYDNEY

A massive metal detector attached to a helicopter is being flown over large parts of NSW to help farmers discover water and mineral sources. The airborne electromagnetic survey over the state's drought-stricken central west region will measure the natural electrical properties of soils and rocks up to 400 metres below the surface. "We hope this cutting-edge technology will help our farmers find groundwater and our mining industry find new deposits of copper, gold and zinc," Deputy Premier John Barilaro said in a statement on Monday.

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