EarthScope’s Transportable Array now spans Alaska, the last frontier


10/11/2017 08:51 AM EDT

Field operations manager Ryan Bierma makes last adjustments to station C19K as a blizzard rolls in.

Seismic station A19K, it’s called, and it’s now at the edge of an abandoned airstrip far above the Arctic Circle. The nearest population center is 127 miles northeast in Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow), the northernmost city in the United States. What a way to celebrate Earth Science Week, Oct. 8-14, 2017.

The seismic station is part of EarthScope, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It’s one of hundreds of stations collectively called the

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