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Tropical Geophysics: a post-trip report

I not-so-recently returned from not zapping zebras, my first experience with tropical fieldwork for geophysics. Packing List Aside from the usual collection of field gear and the semi-standard collection of tropical-medication, my retroactive absolute must-pack list includes: Acquiring jugs or … Continue reading

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Fieldwork: Attitude

It’s been a year since I started regularly working as a field geophysicist. Since then, I’ve clambered up waterfalls with a tail of wire dragging behind me, blown up innocent patches of permafrost, vibrated borehole walls at ultrasonic frequencies, and … Continue reading

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Why I Wear Pink in the Field

My first crew chief, a man who radiated so much rugged masculinity he was promptly nicknamed “Stallone” or “Rambo” in every camp he worked, flagged all our radios in pink. This differentiated the company crew radios from the survey site’s … Continue reading

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Recreational Geophysics (winter edition)

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When hunting for snowshoes in the equipment room, I discovered snowboards and skis. I am now utterly enchanted by the concept of a downhill geophysical survey. If we blend in some techniques from urban skiing in small town British Columbia, … Continue reading

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Field Photo: Falling Trees

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Although it’s an even-bet which tree is coming down first, physics and gravity dictate the second will come down mere moments later.

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Field Photo: Kitimat, BC

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Location: Central coastal British Columbia, Canada Access: Decommissioned forest service road; it’s crown land and you’re permitted, but it’s a strange hike to do for fun. Geologic Setting: Kitimat Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the Western System of the … Continue reading

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The Future of Fieldwork

One of the sessions at the Open Science: Friends of the Future un-conference focused on the future of fieldwork. Like every other session, it tied back to earlier conversations (particularly those regarding multi-discipline collaboration and handling extremely large data sets) … Continue reading

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Fieldgear: It’s all about the Spray

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One of the most important shelves to visit when packing for a field job: bear spray & bangers, bug spray, bungee cords, cargo straps, first aid kits, and even more bug spray.

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Job Title: Field Geophysicist

I keep getting asked what a field geophysicist actually does. Geophysics is an adventure vacation crossed with electronics lab; field geophysicists are the hybrid offspring of MacGuyver and a James Bond villan. Geophysics is the science of collecting data on … Continue reading

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Shorted Switchbox

When you’re working under a wind-blown tarp with 48mm of rain coming down in 24 hours, water creeps in where it really shouldn’t, and gear shorts out. Most geophysics equipment is amiable to field repairs, using twisted wire and clamps … Continue reading

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