News Briefs – Oct. 19, 2010

By Stephanie Martin
Sun Star Intern

Nanook swimming

The women’s swim team is slated to open their season at home against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

“Every year [the girls] build on the previous year, and I think this team is hungry to do better at conference so that should serve to motivate everyone,” said Scott Lemley, the head coach.

On Oct. 2, the team held their annual Blue vs. Gold meet. This meet gave the team a chance to compete against one another and to prepare for the regular season. The Blue team was victorious, winning 89-62. In the 200 IM or individual medley event, members of both the Blue and Gold teams respectively swam into the record books. Mariya Pavlovskya, with a time of 2:16.13, placed fourth in the all-time top-ten list. Courtney Nichols finished in 2:22.14, moving into the eighth spot on the list.

Denali Fault research

Jeff Benowitz, a doctorate geology student, and a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis and Syracuse University are currently studying the Denali Fault. The goal of their research is to identify and study the part of the fault where there is dramatic action. “The field season was very successful. Now the real work begins compiling structural data, dating rocks, and investigating microfabrics in terms of kinematic indicators,” Benowitz said.

In order to study the fault, researchers collected rocks from the site. So far, the team has learned that “rocks along the north side of the Denali Fault have been rocks brought to the surface from a depth of 14 km to 18 km,” Benowitz said.

Benowitz’s advisor, Professor Paul Layer, believes the research could help better explain how mountains grow. Benowitz feels information obtained could be useful in designing an Alaska gas pipeline to withstand up and down earthquake motion.

The Denali Fault has produced major earthquakes. Included in those quakes is the November 2002 7.9 magnitude quake.

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