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‘Citizen scientists’ help search for tomb of Genghis Khan via photos of Mongolia

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Summary Albert Lin is hunting for Genghis Khan. This is a challenging mission. But as an explorer and research scientist at the University of California at San Diego, Lin has more than 7,000 people around the world helping with his mission, called the Valley of the Khans Project. The idea is to find the tombs of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and other ancient Mongolian artifacts.
Description Through a Web site called Field Expedition Mongolia, which Lin and his colleagues developed jointly with National Geographic, volunteers are helping sift through 85,000 high-resolution satellite images of Mongolia.

Lin’s army of helpers are amateurs, working from the comfort of their home computers. They are just working at home but they are embarking on a huge mission: finding the tombs of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and other ancient Mongolian artifacts.

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