|Faculty, students participate in geoscience research project|
Faculty and students from the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are participating in a major geoscience research project during the summer of 2008. The NSF-funded project, USArray, is a component of the 15-year EarthScope ( http://www.earthscope.org/ )(http://www.earthscope.org/) experiment designed to use earthquake signals from around the globe to study Earth structure and dynamics and the physical processes controlling earthquakes and volcanoes. The USArray consists of 400 broadband seismometers spaced about 70 km apart in regular grid that is rolling across the nation in a leap-frog fashion over the next decade. The UND Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is participating in this national project by providing site reconnaissance for future earthquake recording stations. More than 325 stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas will be identified during Summer 2008, and 37 of these stations will be in North Dakota.
The North Dakota segment of the study is being directed by Will Gosnold (geological engineering) and includes two students from UND and two students from NDSU. After training at a workshop in Omaha, Neb., with other participants from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, the students will work in two-person teams to locate sites for installation of the seismic stations. Installation of the seismometers in North Dakota is scheduled for 2009, and they will remain in place for two years.