The Barringer Book

Exploration, Remote Sensing, Environment, Analysis, Security

Exploration, Remote Sensing, Environment, Analysis, Security

The 1960s and 70s were marked by an explosion in mineral exploration and remote sensing technology. A leader throughout this period was Dr. Anthony (Tony) Barringer and his team at Barringer Research Ltd. (BRL). The highly successful airborne geophysical methods created at BRL are well known while the contributions to exploration geochemistry and many other fields are not.  This book documents the many advances in geochemical theory, as well as the ground, airborne and remote sensing techniques plus analytical methods that were conceived and developed under the leadership of Tony Barringer.   Innovative concepts backed by pioneering research funded by BRL on the movement of metals in rock, soil and vegetation remain important areas of investigation.  Tony Barringer’s ability to bring together a diverse team including geologists, geochemists and physicists with electrical, optical and aeronautical engineers under one roof, provide leadership, a highly stimulating environment and financial support, was truly remarkable. This led to ground breaking advances in a number of different fields, including: exploration geochemistry for minerals and oil and gas; environmental monitoring from the ground, aircraft and space; and civilian and armed forces security. The underlying scientific principles for many of the inventions, now upgraded with modern electronics, are still considered state of the art.  One of the many inventions from the BRL “incubator” described in this book is Ionscan, the drug and explosive screening device used in most airports today, which was conceived and developed by BRL in conjunction with technology for the detection of mineral deposits.


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      Peter Winterburn, University of British Columbia

and by

      Richard Irvine, which was published in The Society of Exploration Geophysicists journal, The Leading Edge



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