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Choosing a Location

When choosing a location you need to look for a few important things. One is that the location should have little to no background noise (people walking by, rivers, animals, cars, construction, mines, explosions). Another piece of crucial information is whether or not there are earthquakes in that area. The location needs to have a good G.P.S signal, so in the middle of the woods without a G.P.S signal is not a good location.

This station was called GCLAY,  this spot was good because it wasn't too close to the river and had a good GPS signal.  It wasn't that great because it was near a trail that people walked on.

This station we named EPITI.  This site wasn't in a good spot, because it was next to a trail and in a pit that affected its readings.  When we finally looked at the data, we saw that the roots affected most of our data for EPITI, because they channeled the vibration of the wind blowing though the trees.

AYURT was set up near our camp site which made it a poor site, because it could pick up us walking by and buses going by on the road.

BHIKE wasn't one of the best choices of sites.  It was near a construction site and also really close to the road where buses would drive by every 5-10 minutes.  Although, we did get lucky and there was no construction while our seismometer was installed there.

DHELI was the first seismometer that we put up.  It wasn't a very good spot, because we put it near an airstrip that has quite a bit of air traffic, including helicopters that create a lot of vibrations when they land.

FTIRE was probably one of our best locations. There wasn't a river near it, it was off trail so no one could find the seismometer, and it had a good GPS signal. If you look at this photo of the site, you can see that the GPS antenna was knocked over.  We assume it was an animal, such as a bear, because there was a bunch of blueberries near it.

This site is HSNUG. It was a OK site.  It wasn't where someone would see it easily, but the ground was so soft that the seismometer would sink into the ground and not pick up vibrations quite as well. It was also near a river, so it picked up some of the vibrations from the river.

This site, GRIVR, was near a river which made it not the best spot.  Also, this was an open area where someone on either side of the river could clearly see it. With the seismometer next to the river some of the data was less clear. Refer to river noise.