TO THE OCEANS, WHITE WITH FOAM

As we got closer to the ocean the pleasure of being in the great outdoors increased mainly because the temperature decreased.

The last gate.

Marina Drive bridge. The last bridge across the San Gabriel River before it reaches the sea.

The promised land: Seal Beach, California.

Well, OK, so it is not Waikiki Beach, but it was close enough for government-funded work, and we were all happy to be there.

We measured and deployed Texans right down to where the land met the sea.

Unfortunately we couldn't stop Jim Scott of UNR. He just kept on measuring until he ran into this seagull. Luckily he was able to find cracks between the large boulders of the jetty to jam the geophones into, and get them fairly level. He was able to deploy two more Texans beyond the one on the beach in the picture above.

John Louie, on the right in the picture below, met us at the beach.

The Coast Guard appeared to be practicing in the area, which was a good source of noise for our experiment.

Some crazy scientist from UNR, that was in charge of the project (and who shall remain nameless), thought it would be interesting to place a couple of Texans and their sensors beyond the end of the jetty and into the ocean. Me, being young and naive, went along with the idea. One of the Texans was double bagged in plastic (they are waterproof, but we weren't sure about them being submersible), and was told to hold its breath. Wes jumped into the ocean and gave deploying the Texan the ol' college try, but couldn't get the geophone to stay planted in the sand. The water off the end of the jetty was much deeper than it was where he was statnding in the picture below. The surf, which was a bit heavier than it was the day when they were there surveying and came up with the idea, caused the Texan to slosh back and forth which made keeping the geophone planted even more impossible. With the right equipment, like some SCUBA gear and some rocks, we could have made it work.

Below are the other two members, besides myself, of Team Yellow. Wes and Chris Loughner. Each of the four deployment teams had their own color so they could identify where they were to start their deployment sections.



DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
URBAN SEISMOLOGY IN THE NAUGHTIES
WARMING UP
FROM THE MOUNTAINS
TO THE PRAIRIES
TO THE OCEANS, WHITE WITH FOAM
MISSED FINISHING BY THAT MUCH
SIN CITY, BABY!!
THE ELECTRICITY BILL FROM HELL
NEXT!
DAM THE CASINOS...FULL SPEED AHEAD!
THE ROAD HOME

2014-08-03