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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah geologist is using one-of-a-kind research to understand the life cycle of sandstone arches throughout the southeast region of the state.
KSL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1JhI9f6 ) that Jeff Moore has been monitoring arches and recording vibration data using special equipment, which he says doesn't damage the ancient formation by drilling or draining.
Moore sets the instrument on a surface and records the tiny movements and ringing sounds the vibrations produce. His findings show that arches are constantly moving back and forth.
Moore says the long-term goal of his project is to get a sense of changes that might precede collapse. So far, he hasn't seen indication of collapse any time soon.
Moore is sharing his measurements with the National Park Service and plans to publish his findings in the future.
Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/