How is the Data Collected?
This public outreach project will collect information using a 3D-capable camera and stand for up-close rock, fossil and mineral images; and a 360-degree camera for interactive virtual field trips.
Below BC’s camera is modified to allow it to capture rock and mineral specimens. The output from this camera produces an interactive and highly engaging image for a website, which can have additional information layered on, such as history or close-up images of the samples. Specimens are then curated by Below BC into a digital museum with descriptions of the history and importance of each sample that can be searched by keywords or via an interactive map of BC.
Below BC will also be using 360-degree cameras that allow it to create virtual reality field trips of geologically significant sites. These can be type-localities for rocks, or historical locations such as old mines. This record preserves sites that may otherwise be lost, redeveloped or destroyed over time and increases access to the public for sites that many people never visit.
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