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Government from Operation Hard Rock, the French are reported to have managed to wheedle out a very much higher rate of payment for their work than the Americans'. The cost of integrated geophysical surveys for base metals as well as magnetic ores and radioactive minerals employing, simultaneously, electromagnetic, magnetic and sciatillometric techniques is quoted by the most reputed firms at about $20 per line mile. Aero Surveys, the American firm which did this work in Operation Hard Rock, quoted a slightly lower rate. The rate, however, falls steeply if the area to be surveyed is sufficiently large. For instance, Aero Surveys was willing to charge as low as $5 per line mile if the area to be flown was a minimum of 1,20,000 line miles. An intriguing part of the aerial surveys that we have commissioned has been that in the case of Operation Hard Rock or the projected schemes with French and Russian assistance, Government has made no attempt to take advantage of the lower rates for surveying larger areas. For the French project, once again, the area to be surveyed is kept below the stipulated minimum for the lower rate. The same is true of the contemplated Russian project.

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