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How Three Numbers Can Save 130,000 Lives

How Three Numbers Can Save 130,000 Lives

The Indian Ocean tsunami that rocked Indonesia on December 26, 2004, shook the ground beneath the locals’ feet for eight whole minutes. Thirteen years later, Dr. Ron Harris is still shaken. In the years before the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, Harris had been...
Technology Unlocks Petroleum Potential

Technology Unlocks Petroleum Potential

BYU alum Chris Bexfield has worked ten years for one of the United States’ top hydrocarbon producers—combining business, technology, and geology. Chevron employed Bexfield in 2007 after he had worked three years for Anadarko Petroleum. His geological knowledge has...
BYU Geochemist Plays Detective with Water and Dust

BYU Geochemist Plays Detective with Water and Dust

Wind carries a particle of dust from the dry lake bed to the mountain snowpack. The snowpack melts, and the water flows down streams and rivers, through a pipe, and to the tap. Dr. Greg Carling specializes in the fields of geochemistry and hydrogeology. Particularly,...
Geological History: It’s Written in Stone—Mudstone

Geological History: It’s Written in Stone—Mudstone

Some people stop playing in the mud by age ten—not Alex Washburn. In August 2016, the geology graduate student found himself across the world steeped in mud, collecting samples. Of course, the specific mud Washburn works with is now stone, having hardened after...