So I've done a lot since I've last posted to this blog. I've picked about 25 events and made residual maps, spent another intensive week in the field, and learned a ton more about MT.
It's exciting that my residual maps support other tomography models, and that different back azimuths show a distinct seismically slow area under the Rio Grande Rift. Here's one of my residual maps:
During this second field trip we were in southern New Mexico, sometimes within a mile from the Mexican border (which is a measly little black fence). We were told by a farmer that we were in drug smuggling territory, but everyone we met was super nice and we never felt unsafe. We even ran into border patrol a couple of times when we were out in the middle of nowhere installing sites, which surprised us both. There were some close calls with thunderstorms and tarantulas, but it made for some great pictures:
Oh yea, and we saw this car in the desert:
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