Did you know the earth moves everyday?
Stresses and tensions build up in the earth’s crust. This build-up of stress can lead to movement, which releases energy that can be detected using seismometers. Seismometers are sensitive instruments that measure and record these subtle vibrations. Scientists can review and analyze these vibrations to map the interior of the earth and help locate different structures.
For our team of scientists, seismometers and their collected data can help us better understand the geothermal resource opportunity in your area. It also provides Borealis with an understanding of current and future seismic activity in Canoe Reach.
How does our Seismic program work?
Our seismometers passively monitor local seismicity that occur naturally (avalanches, landslides, and earthquakes) and that human activity make (railway, vehicles, and footprints). By using this non-invasive technique, we avoid the need to create a seismic wave to record these vibrations.
The objective is to establish a natural baseline of seismic activity and to help effectively model the subsurface geology to further our exploration program. With the incredible support of Nanometrics Inc. and the University of Calgary Geoscience department this will be the first geothermal passive seismic monitoring program in Canadian history.
Borealis & the Canadian Cordillera Array
This baseline of the Canoe Reach area initiates a larger regional study which is a collaboration of research institutions across Canada, known as the Canadian Cordillera Array. This innovative geophysical study will give us a greater geological understanding of mountain building in Western Canada.
You can learn more about the Canadian Cordillera Array project here.
Smart Gnomes in Canoe Reach
These smart gnomes don't have to just be about collecting data. Our smart gnomes are a way to raise awareness about innovation, technology and the science used in geothermal resource development.
In particular, the staff at Borealis are passionate advocates about this geothermal project and science in general. And we want to share that excitement with the community.
To see what our gnomes are up to, follow them on social media:
This program would not be possible without the following:
- University of Calgary Geoscience Department
- FrontCounter BC
- Forestry, Lands, Natural Resource Operations
- BC Ministry of Energy & Mines
- Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
- Nanometrics Inc.
- Locals of Valemount