Mapping for Water

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hands-on Geophysics Field Camp visits St. Lucia to prospect for groundwater.

For the past several years the Caribbean island of St. Lucia has provided the eye-popping back drop for EAPS annual Geophysics Field Camp. This January, Professor Dale Morgan again led a team of MIT students and postdocs on a week long trip to prospect for groundwater using multiple geophysical methods including seismology, self-potential and gravity measurements. The team made multiple surface conductivity measurements surveying different locations throughout the Roseau Valley region seeking to identify underground rocks containing groundwater that might provide a useful source of potable water for the local population.

The trip is all about hands-on geophysics. In this clip, Prof. Morgan teaches a student to trigger a seismograph using a sledgehammer. Video courtesy of Saleh Al Nasser, edited by Josh Kastorf.

Triggering a Seismograph in St. Lucia from MIT Earth Resources Laboratory on Vimeo.

Joining Prof. Morgan this year were EAPS/ERL graduate students Lubna Barghouty, Marwah Al Ismail, Shujuan Mao, Jamie Potter, Anna Rogers, Harry Matchette-Dones, Ali AlJishi and Saleh Al Nasser. They were joined by CEE/ERL grad student Omar Al-Dajani and EAPS/ERL Postdoc Jay Ogunbo - Image courtesy: Ali Aljishi.