The Tyrnyauz Molybdenum Mine

This is one of the largest molybdenum mines in the world, operated continuously for over 50 years by the former Soviet Union in Tyrnyauz, Georgia. In 1993 an international seismic research team led by EES-17's Brian Stump were the first western scientists ever to instrument and document the blasting practices at the Tyrnyauz mine.

Why is a geophysics group at a national lab bothering with this? Why are we concerned about mining blasts and the seismic waves that come from them?

Short answer: nuclear bombs. Longer answer: Though treaties forbid testing of nuclear bombs, it is important to ensure that all countries comply with the treaty. The central mission of Los Alamos National Lab is "to reduce the global nuclear danger."  (Click "NEXT" below to continue.)