My second week in the field was just as awesome as the first! This week we revisited the Kentucky sites we dug vaults for last week to install the instruments. Installing was interesting and challenging, and by the end of the week I had done each part of the process independently several times (some parts better than others).
My handy work
Rainy day intallation
The highlight of the week was getting to install the instruments in an old abandoned Kentucky Geological Survey vault that used to house a strong-motion sensor. It was about 8 feet deep, and I was lucky enough to get to spend a day and a half down there cleaning it out and installing all of the equipment. After extinguishing a few MONSTEROUS spiders and getting used to the huge cave crickets crawling on the walls, it wasn’t so bad… It was several degrees cooler down there and out of the sun. My teammate Alex and I also got to climb an old fire tower to install the telemetry equipment. The flight of stairs for the first level was gone so we had to climb a ladder to get up. I would say this was one of my favorite weeks of my summer so far and hope to get involved in more fieldwork in the future.
Alex and I on the firetower
The standard Kentucky view
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