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Gary Austin, assembling soft tether release on the LFASE (Low Frequency Acoustic Seismic Experiment) deployment.

A Firm Grip

Marine technician Gary Austin of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Marine Physical Laboratory assembles a soft tether release on the Low Frequency Acoustic Seismic Experiment (LFASE)  in August 1989. Researchers from Scripps and WHOI—including marine geophysicist Ralph Stephen—sailed on the R/V Melville that summer to deploy seismometers and other instruments that could detect Earth's ambient "noise" with a seafloor borehole array seismic system (SEABASS). (Photo courtesy of Ralph Stephen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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