The other day, I was having breakfast in a small restaurant in Bixby Knolls when the server came to my table and said that there might be some slight rattleing in about half an hour. Sure enough, a little while later, it felt like if one of those cars with too much bass was parked outside but there was no sound. Everything had the shakes in the restaurant; my coffee looked like that scene in from Jurassic Park right before the T-Rex showed up and ate a couple people.
It turnes out this was all, like Jurassic Park, part of some pretty cool scientific experimenting. But, unlike Jurassic Park, this was used to map the geological strata; in other words, it was to check out the ground and see all the potential fault lines in Long Beach and Signal Hill.
You all might have seen a line of huge trucks with LBPD directing traffic around them on random streets all over Long Beach, this is what they were doing. Its really cool, becuse they actually pump sound waves into the ground with those trucks and set up these paint can sized recievers called "nodes" to record how the waves bounce back. It not only lets them see the potential cracks under our feet, but it alse shows the different layers of soil and rock that make up the "strata." The nodes are put all over, not only do they record when the trucks are near by to emit those sound waves, they actually stay in the ground for a whole six months to record the seismic activity.
And who is doing the surveying, you might ask?
Well NodalSeismic, LLC are the people who own and opperate the equpment, but the survey is actually being sponsored by Signal Hill Petrolium Inc. The data will be the first time Long Beach's geological activity will have been recorded this extensively. Apparently all this information will go to a number of universities as well for academic and scientific research. But the REAL reason I think they're doing it, is because this will help expose all of the "potential oil resources" all over the city.
The project will be going on for the first half of this year. Many of you might have gotten notices that they we're going to be doing this survey near you, others might have just seen the trucks on some main street making. Have you seen these survey trucks? What was your initial reaction to them? What are your thoughts on the survey?
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