Wouldn’t you like to node?

While our servicing crew conquers the Alaska Peninsula, our ragtag bunch on Kodiak Island is blanketing the roads with tiny seismometers–400 of them to be exact!

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Four hundred seismic nodes from the University of Utah and the PASSCAL instrument center await deployment.

Each instrument, called a ‘node’, is about the size of a soup can and has batteries to last in the field for about a month. Our team has been installing up to ~80 nodes in a day, rain (and rain and rain and rain) or shine!

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IMG_9933.jpg Top: University of New Mexico graduate student Evans Onyango enjoys the beautiful Kodiak sunshine during deployment. Bottom: University of New Mexico and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Jenny Nakai and University of New Mexico professor Lindsay Worthington on Pasagshak Beach with a node.

As of today, we have 327 nodes in the ground, forming the main transect across the northern part of the island.

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The Kodiak node transect. Red circles are in the ground!

This deployment will make the Kodiak transect one of the most densely sampled subduction interfaces in the world! Awesome!

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This gray whale gives the project a thumb’s up!

 

-Lindsay Worthington, UNM

 

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