By ESNO - Winter 2014
Geology might not be the first thing that comes to mind if you heard the names SESAME, CAFÉ, SUGAR, and OIINK, but these are just a few examples of the acronyms for focused research projects utilizing the USArray's FlexArray (FA) and GPS instruments that are part of EarthScope. The FA allows for higher resolution examination of a select region to answer specific questions such as: Why did the mid-continental rift fail? How does the Cascadia subduction system work? How do mountain building events affect plate interiors? What is the actual subsurface geometry of the San Andreas Fault, how deep are the surrounding sediments, and how do they effect the behavior of the fault? These are just a few of the many questions that researchers are exploring.
The EarthScope National Office is proud to announce the introduction of a video series highlighting several of these projects. Visit our Flexible Arrays page to watch episodes and learn more.