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Ellen's Aerial Surveyor Diary Day 1 2 3

Day One

Challenge: Determine the center and magnitude of the 1872 earthquake that occurred in this area by using botanical and geological skills.
1. an aeroplane flight will give us the macro-view
2. determine the extent (length) of the earthquake
3. we know the depth (15km) because this is standard in this area
4. determine good places to take measurements along the fault—looking for horizontal and vertical movement
5. find oases and describe why they are there—blocking water

Make instruments
Flight: Owens Lake to Big Pine. In Lone Pine, it is obvious that there was vertical and horizontal movement—a river and oases in a straight line. At Big Pine there is a cinder cone.

One of us threw up in the plane—I won’t say who. Not a smooth ride.

 



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See how the rest of the team fared with the Aerial Surveyor Challenge:

Iain
Jonathan
Kathy
Mike