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AfricaArray Program (Image 8)

April 22, 2013
Students preparing to take electrical resistivity measurements while participating in the AfricaArray summer geophysics field program in South Africa, an eight-week course designed to engage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students from minority-serving institutions. The program is designed to help students learn basic geophysical field methods, gain exposure to the geosciences and learn about geoscience careers. For the main component of the program, the students spend three weeks in South Africa where they collect data from the Bushveld Complex in the country's northeastern region and use the data to image a shallow subsurface structure relating to the location and production of platinum ore bodies. AfricaArray is a 20-year initiative in the geosciences to meet the African Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) requirements for continent-wide cooperation in human resources development and capacity building. Major funding for the program has been provided by the National Science Foundation through its Division of Earth Sciences (in the Geosciences Directorate) and Partnerships for International Research and Education program (in the Office of International Science and Engineering [grant OISE 05-30062]), and by South Africa's National Research Foundation. To learn more about the program, visit the AfricaArray website Here. (Date of Image: July 2009-July 2010) [Image 8 of 9 related images. See Image 9.] Credit: Andrew Nyblade, Pennsylvania State University, AfricaArray