Friday, January 29, 2010

Geodesists in Haiti

Geodesists in Haiti

The earthquake, and particularly the aftermath of the earthquake, in Haiti is a terrible disaster. From a scientific point of view (leave out the human in the scientists) the Haitian earthquake is an excellent and unique opportunity to study our planet up close. Geodesists are now on their way to Port-au-Prince with their GPS equipment. Measuring the change in the shape of the Earth, or rather how much did the two tectonic plates (the Caribbean and North American one that is) move since the main shock, and aftershocks.

I will tell you later why I am DEAD INTERESTED IN THIS PARTICULAR JOURNEY. Help me cross your fingers for getting the geodesist from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, will ya! :-)

Oh! This is geodesy.

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