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Paleomagnetism and Problem-Solving | September 5, 2012

With each challenge it encountered, the more the team seemed to take on a life of its own, emerging as a dynamic, complex organism, much more than the sum of its parts. Facing another technical hurdle, it continued to push … Continue reading

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Down and Dirty in the Field | September 4, 2012

Back in his cozy office lined with laden bookshelves and topographic maps, lead scientist Jonathan Glen spoke about the necessity of adaptability in fieldwork.  The suddenness with which conditions could change, despite the team’s careful planning, was a common thread … Continue reading

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A Valley of Surprises (Sept 3, 2012)

The Surprise Valley field expedition is an expedition in every sense. On the one hand, the team is trying to map underground faults and fractures beyond a region whose subsurface they’ve already studied in great detail. But analyzing the data … Continue reading

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Smoothing out the Kinks | Sept 2, 2012

How does science work? Though romanticized as a string of exciting, accidental discoveries, in reality, the bulk of scientific research happens in the prelude to discovery–the humbler, though no less exciting, process of troubleshooting. The first day of an expedition … Continue reading

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