Digital surface model, hillshade and orthophoto of the world's largest fossil oyster reef

Data collection of complex geometry, challenges and processing of large amounts of data are described in Djuricic et al., 2016This research illustrates the possible benefits of using laser scanning and imaging as a technique in geological, paleontological or natural heritage research: 

detailed and large-scale topographic mapping,

3D modeling, object detection,

size and species estimation,

volume and surface roughness analysis.

The digital documentation of the reef can bring the attention in paleontology and sedimentology, therefore, scientific communication in a broader community requires original data to be available for all participants, leading to more transparent results. Thus, the digital information can be directly distributed and made available to broad audience, see data publication at PANGAEA:

Furthermore, the proposed method has the feasibility to be used in multidisciplinary research which investigates similar 3D point cloud forms such as individual rocks, pebbles, elongated structures, ice plates, blocks, cemented fossils, etc. Digital documentation and fast orientation calculation of the shells may open the way to the dissemination of the know-how to other similar extraordinary paleontological sites worldwide.

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