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June 03, 2015

Wesleyan Student Researches Seismic Waves for Petroleum Research Project

Ryder Bolin of Pennsboro, WV, is studying methods to locate underground petroleum and natural gas deposits with seismometers at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Seismology involves sending seismic waves into the earth. The underground layers of rock reflect the waves back to the surface, where the waves are detected by a seismometer.

The fourth-year student is learning to use Wesleyan’s new high-sensitivity Guralp Model 40T instrument, funded by Dominion Resources Education Partnership, to search to find domed rock formations. These formations have a particularly good chance to contain gas deposits.

Funding for Bolin’s summer research is provided by the WV NASA Space Grant Consortium, a NASA sponsored organization consisting of 12 West Virginia academic institutions and eight corporate and scientific partners.

For more information about Wesleyan’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Geophysics major, contact Wesleyan’s Office of Admissions at 800-722-9933.

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