Fault lines in the Caribbean

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When I first got accepted to be an intern at UCR I was extremely overjoyed. I could not believe I was actually going to be doing work in a field that I am extremely interested in. My hope going into this was to get a Geophysics based internship so that I could feel out that area of geology and see if it is for me. Luckily my mentor, Roby Douilly, is both incredible capable and knowledgeable on the subject. When I first met him, he explained what the project is, and what we will be doing. He then explained that before we could start I would have to become familiar with an operating system named Linux. He sent me a tutorial, and to be entirely honest, it was a little confusing. I completely understand now why he had me get familiar with this before starting the project because this is how I am supposed to navigate my files.  Now the project itself is also kind of hard to grasp when you have had no experience in the field, and your best source of knowledge is the few geology classes I had taken in the past. What’s funny is they really made me understand what Roby is talking about when it comes to different types of faults such as convergent, divergent and transform faults. Ladies and gentlemen, looks like school does work. What he had to brush me up on was the difference between strike and dip. Below will be a picture showing the difference between convergent (plates moving towards each other), divergent (Plates moving away from each other), and transform (plates sliding past each other) plate boundaries.

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For my project during this internship at UCR, I am to assist Roby in mapping out the fault lines of the Caribbean, and then transfer that map we will create to another program that will hopefully help us estimate where future earthquakes may occur based on patterns in the past. To be entirely honest, this information intimidated me at first. It felt like all of a sudden I know nothing, and none of this is going to make sense to me. Luckily everything began to clear as I listened to further explanation of the process. It will be simple to break everything down into a list of things to get done. First thing’s first, it is time to understand how to use Linux. What seems nice about this operating system is that it will be easy to pick up with repetitive use of it. What is exciting is the fact that I will finally be mapping the faults next week after Roby teaches me how. What I shall leave this week’s note on is my excitement to get my hands dirty in some work, and after some work plotting each fault line, I shall be sure to upload a picture of the before and after maps.