Lasers create 3-D scan of Mount Rushmore

A new and interesting story about Mount Rushmore from USA Today:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Crews using lasers are creating a three-dimensional digital scan of the four presidential faces and other features of the Mount Rushmore National Monument for historic documentation and preservation.

National Park Service spokesman Nav Singh said the 3-D modeling also will allow virtual tours of the monument.

"This has tremendous potential for education and it’s really exciting stuff," he said. "We finally have a way to help children see what an 18-foot mouth or a 20-foot nose looks like from a bird’s eye view."

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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