EarthScope Synthesis Workshop Proposals

By Maite Agopian |

The EarthScope National Office requests proposals to host EarthScope Synthesis Workshops, due Friday February 26, 2016.

Synthesis Workshops are envisioned to be small workshops of 10-15 people that are intended to help start successful working groups. The EarthScope National Office will be using the output of these workshops as part of its efforts to bring EarthScope science to the public, and we hope that the workshops themselves will lead to working groups that will follow up with additional research, papers, or their own proposals as appropriate.

As the end of the formal EarthScope program approaches, it is timely for the geosciences community to work towards synthesis of multiple types of data focused on a single region or topic. For example, data from USArray, PBO, and SAFOD activities could be linked with results from other disciplines. EarthScope science offers many opportunities for synthesis, both within and between disciplines. Over the next four years, the EarthScope National Office at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will support a series of roughly 10 EarthScope Synthesis Workshops, each of which will bring a small group of scientists together from multiple disciplines.

More information can be found at and the application form can be found at

High school basketball team at Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, Alaska

By Maite Agopian |
High school basketball team at Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, Alaska
Minto boys high school basketball team visit the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, January 22, 2016.

In central Alaska, basketball season heats up in the depths of winter. Throughout January and February, teams from remote villages fly or drive to Fairbanks to compete. The EarthScope National Office offers these basketball players tours of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. The first team to participate was from the village of Minto—they visited the Alaska Earthquake Center and Alaska Volcano Observatory, learning about earthquake science in Alaska. Pictured above and led by their coach Keith Charlie are the Minto Lakers. They capped their Friday visit with a 67-39 victory over conference rival Fort Yukon.

2015-2016 EarthScope Speaker Series

By Maite Agopian |

Dr. Adrian Borsia, Dr. Heather De Shon, Dr. Reed Burgette, Dr. Melodie French, Dr. Fan-Chi Lin will continue to give their presentation around the US this spring semester.

For more information about the 2015-2016 EarthScope Speaker Series, including speaker biographies visit our Speaker Series Page.

Video: Behind the scenery of Lake Superior

By Maite Agopian |

This video tells the “story behind the scenery” of both the geology and the geoheritage of the Mid-Continental Rift. The MCR bequeathed significant economic drivers to the Great Lakes region of the U.S.: copper deposits that drew settlers, and Lake Superior, a major waterway to transport goods. These features continue to attract tourists today.

This behind-the-scenery video of Lake Superior and the Mid-continental Rift is available on our EarthScope Youtube Video Library  and on our website.

Coproduced by: Abigail Foerstner and Seth Stein, Northwestern University; Carol Stein, University of Illinois at Chicago

Funded by EarthScope

Nevada M5.3 Earthquake Information

By Sarah Robinson |
Nevada M5.3 Earthquake Information
Image courtesy USGS

Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 4 km

Date/Time: 2015-05-22 at 18:47:42.968 UTC; 2015-05-22 at 11:47:42.968 PDT
Location: 37.2842 ; -114.6545

At 11:47 on May 22, 2015 a M5.3 earthquake occurred 37 km SSW of Caliente, Nevada.

Despite the remote location of the epicenter, more than 1900 people in 116 zip codes and 3 states reported feeling weak to moderate shaking. Little to no damage is expected. So far there have been more than 10 aftershocks, the largest of which was a M3.4. This is the strongest on-land earthquake in the US so far this year.
Nevada has a history of large earthquakes, including a M7.2 near Cedar Mountain in 1932, a M7.1 near Fairview Peak in 1954 and a M6.0 near Wells, NV in 2008. For more information on the earthquake history of Nevada please visit the USGS page on Nevada earthquakes 
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