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mooring deployment

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A team on R/V Atlantis that included WHOI scientist Jeff McGuire recently deployed one of nine bottom moorings as part of a seafloor monitoring system off of Iquique, Chile. The goal of the system is to detect the accumulation strain in a region of the seafloor where a large earthquake is expected to occur based on historical records. The system will remain on the seafloor for about two to three years and is part of a larger experiment with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Germany and the Universidad de Chile to study the state of stress on the fault. (Photo courtesy of Jeff McGuire, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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