“Seeing Beneath Mount Everest: Probing a Breeding Ground of Destructive Earthquakes

Dr. Anne Sheehan likes getting high — elevation-ally speaking, that is. She’ll be telling viewers about it at her “Seeing Beneath Mount Everest: Probing a Breeding Ground of Destructive Earthquakes” presentation as part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Distinguished Lecture series. Sheehan, with the University of Colorado, Boulder, recently led a scientific tour of the Mount Everest region, including Nepal and southern Tibet, home to the world’s most violent and unpredictable earthquakes. Recording the earthquake faults beneath the Himalayan mountains, the group placed seismometers in remote, earthquake-prone areas, overcoming the landscape, weather, scorpions, cobras and guerrilla warfare in Nepal in the process.


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