Monday, March 23, 2009

More Drilling into Faults


Looks like people want to drain the budget by drilling into another fault. Although this is always a sexy project, it really doesn't tell you anything. Although I would say that it is better to do something else, you might not get the money from politicians, for something as boring as seismic monitoring. Such is the life when all 'Big Science' depends directly on the political mood of the day.


Anonymous said...

I would agree with you in terms of applied impact, except the groups in New Zealand specialize in novel downhole instrumentation that they heavily use in geothermal work. Therefore, there may be indirect but applied results. Drilling across faults is expensive though, and you could probably set up a small network of permanent seismometers and real time GPS for the same costs.

Harold Asmis said...