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3:25pm 12th August 2013

Could the secret to finding out what is going hundreds of metres below our feet in Cornwall  come from the skies?

A plane is mapping the Duchy's geology as part of a new survey.

It could help spot potential flooding or landslide hotspots.

Project lead Dr Andrew Howard says it may bring new hope for mining too: "We've mined out all of the deposits that are comparatively easy to find. Now we're looking for more subtle information on deposits that we haven't identified or considered in the past and that helps the mining companies decide where to invest resources.

"Geology is often thought to be static, it's rocks and they don't move. But in actual fact there's water moving through it all the time. We use quite a bit of that water for our own drinking and industrial water supply so it's very important we understand the plumbing in the sub service."

3:25pm 12th August 2013

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