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Missouri State Scientist to Help Measure Earth's Crust


A Missouri State University professor has been selected to take part in a National Science Foundation sponsored project. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports. (KSMU's Matt Petcoff contributed to this report.)

A Missouri State University professor has been selected to take part in a National Science Foundation sponsored project.

Dr. Kevin Mickus is a professor of Geophysics within the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State.

The Earth-Scope Project is designed to take a look at the earth's crust in an attempt to better understand the North American continent.

Mickus says he hopes this research project will provide researchers with a collection of information.

As part of the Earth-Scope Project, Mickus has secured a site east of Ozark where he has established a research station.

There he has helped to install a seismic and electromagnetic recorder that will assist in determining the crustal and mantle makeup of the United States.

This site will be one of only seven stations in the U-S.

And, all of these seven stations will be part of a ten year project which Mickus says is one of a kind.

With just seven of these stations sprinkled throughout the U-S, Mickus says it took some luck and perseverance to get a station near Springfield.

Mickus says he is particularly interested in monitoring low-frequency electrical and magnetic fields.

He says this will provide valuable information about the earth's temperature and mineralogical makeup.

And, once the program is fully up and running, a computer will be stationed in Missouri State's Temple Hall which will show the continuous flow of data being collected.

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  • Learn more about EarthScope