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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Jeff J. McGuire

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Projects
» GPS Transient Detection and Slow Earthquakes

» Cascadia Subduction Zone

» EPR Transforms

» Seismic Cycles


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The WHOI OBSs on the main deck of the R/V Thomas Thompson awaiting deployment at the QDG transform faults, Dec 2007. (Jeff McGuire)


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Deployment of the first combined strong-motion plus broadband OBS off the deck of the Thomas Thompson by WHOI personnel Dave Dubois, Alan Gardner, Rob Handy, and Jimmy Ryder. These instruments were built with funding from the W. M. Keck Foundation. (Jeff McGuire)


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The Science party in the main lab of the Thompson. From Left to Right: Robert Pickle, Margaret Boettcher, John Collins, Emily Roland, and Alan Gardner. (Jeff McGuire)


East Pacific Rise Transform Faults

Collaborators:
John Collins and Dan Lizarralde

In December of 2007 we started an experiment aimed at understanding the seismogenic properties of East Pacific Rise Transform Faults. In the first cruise on the R/V Thomas Thompson, we deployed 40 Ocean Bottom Seismometers built by the WHOI OBSIP group. The instruments were deployed on the Quebrada, Discovery, and Gofar Transform Faults and will record earthquakes from these faults for a period of one year. We also deployed 7 seafloor geodesy tripods that effectively function as creep meters to record shallow aseismic fault slip. All of the instruments will be recovered after one year of onbottom recording in January of 2009. In April of 2008 we will have an additional cruise to the QDG fault system to undertake two active source refraction lines to image any differences in crustal structure between fault segments that slip seismically and aseismically.

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