Educational Applications

During the Spring 2020 semester, Cornell students may enroll in a 1 credit course: EAS 4940/CHEME 6680, Earth Source Heat Module. The course will meet three times weekly between March 6-April 8, 2020.

True to Cornell’s mission as a living laboratory, data from research tasks undertaken in 2018 for Earth Source Heat are being used as educational materials, promoting high student involvement in the project. Student volunteers across several departments assisted in collecting seismic reflection data in September 2018. During Spring 2019, the data were used to teach advanced processing of seismic imaging to students enrolled in a special topics class under Professor Larry Brown.

As part of outreach, several seismometers were deployed in schools surrounding Cornell, including Ithaca and Dryden High Schools. The stations, in addition to collecting information on background seismicity in the region, are being used as educational aids in the schools. 

Students are involved also in documenting the nature and variability of brittle fractures in rocks similar to the ones expected to exist deep below the Cornell Campus. Field work in the Adirondack Mountains provides suitable data sets, and reveals the natural complexity likely to exist if a borehole penetrates the basement rocks near campus.

A student volunteer places a seismic node into the ground.
A student volunteer places a seismic receiver (node) into the ground.
Daniel May installs a PASSCAL seismometer at Ithaca High School.
Daniel May installs a PASSCAL seismometer aIthaca High School.

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