I've spent one week out in the field in New Mexico without internet so this is my first opportunity to post to the blog. One of my goals for this summer is to get field work experience, and I'm definitely getting a lot of it. I've been traveling to various towns across New Mexico installing a line of magneto telluric (MT) sites with a grad student at UC, Danny Feucht, and two other interns from Colorado. My mentor Anne Sheehan just joined us last night. Installing an MT sight includes a lot of digging in the New Mexican heat, but I really enjoy working outside and visiting different places. I have another week of field work and then I go to boulder to work on analyzing earthscope data of the Rio Grande Rift. Hopefully the combination of seismic and MT data will give a good subsurface picture of the rift.
When I'm in Boulder at UC, my goals are to learn how to analyze and process seismic data and learn more about seismology and tomography. Three weeks in Boulder will be a nice break from field work and will be a good opportunity to learn more about the theory behind what I'm doing, diferent areas of geophysics that could help solve mysteries of the Rio Grande Rift, and the overall bigger picture. When I go back into the field I will only be with another intern so a goal is that we an successfully install MT sights as a two-person team.
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