Texas Tech University

Laser technology being used to test soil's metal content along Animas, San Juan rivers

KOB Eyewitness News 4

September 4, 2015

KOB Eyewitness News 4 - It is straight out of a James Bond novel: A laser gun that instantaneously analyses the contents of soil. It is being used to track soil contaminates after the Animas River spill.

"[It is a] Portable X-ray fluorescent spectrometer," said Dr. David Weindorf, Associate Dean of Research at Texas Tech University.

The team came all the way from Texas Tech to find out exactly what elements in the orange water were deposited in San Juan County.

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