SEISConn: Yale University's Seismology Research To See What is Beneath Connecticut [VIDEO]By Sarene Mae Butao, UniversityHerald Reporter
Yale University researchers are learning the tectonic history of America by looking through the earth beneath Connecticut.
Maureen Long, a geophysicist at Yale, with her team set up a seismology station inside the Great Mountain Forest. For months, the devise had been collecting data and information that will help in understanding the buried history of North America.
The seismology station is as big as a sawhorse. On top, there are two solar panels for power. The station's main feature, a seismometer shaped like a bowling ball, is buried deep beneath the ground a few feet deep. The information collected by this gear will help scientists in discovering what the earth beneath has in store. The seismology station has stored 258 days' worth of data Yale News reported.
Connecticut is a great choice, according to Long, because it is a place where there are many results. Quite often, it is not known what the processes looks like deep beneath the Earth.
Alongside Maureen Long is a Yale undergraduate, Juan Aragon, who designed the station. The crew also includes Andrea Servali and Neta Bar, both of them are graduate students at Yale University. Also included is Boaz Bar, Neta's husband.
The research program is called Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut or SEISConn. Before 2016 ends, there would be 15 seismic stations installed around Connecticut that would collect information about the crust and upper mantle.
The program is like a CT scan for the Earth, says Maureen Long, Yale geophysicist. The seismology stations are buried beneath farms, backyards and forests across Connecticut. This will study geological history of millions of years, Yale University posted on their Facebook Page.
Maureen Long was asked why the study took place at northern Connecticut. She said that the area was less developed so there is less chance of interference from traffic vibrations. Also, the Great Mountain Forest is owned by Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. They have been granted permission to install the seismology devices in the area.