Thursday, September 29, 2011

Geoscience Students to Measure Gridiron Seismic Waves

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:10 AM

When the Boise State Broncos score during this Saturday's game against Nevada (and they will score) a team of scientists and geoscience students will be measuring the earth-shaking reaction.

"The football game provides us a tremendous outreach opportunity to show what we're doing," said professor Kasper van Wijk, who will lead the team. "The seismometers are fun, like toys, but they also are precise instruments that pick up earthquakes from around the world."

Van Wijk and students have conducted similar experiments for five years. During past measurements, interceptions proved to draw the most earth-shaking reactions from the crowd, surpassing even touchdowns.

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