The Work of EES-11 In Kazakhstan
Reducing the Global Nuclear Danger
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Think back to your middle school science experiments. Maybe you were rolled a marble down an inclined plane and you would tried three different angles. Or perhaps you were investigated the effect of a salt solution on onion cells and you tried three different concentrations of salt water.
We were doing the same thing. We wanted to know how the seismic signals from blasts in this particular geology vary with depth. We were going set off chemical explosions at three different depths. (If you want more technical information on this, view the related poster by Scott Phillips.)
Why do this? To monitor the testing of nuclear devices.. Specifically...
So....in the summer of 1997, EES-11 began our equipment-heavy experiment. We shipped 30 boxes of seismic equipment from Los Alamos to Asia. (Twenty eight of the boxes arrived.) As you can read from the signs, this experiment also required some explosives.
- The data we obtain can tell us about the nuclear tests that were conducted before.
- We will know more about any events that may occur from now on.
- We gather data in our continuing effort to understand the seismic characteristics of broad regions of the world.