Category Archives: Magnetic traversing across the US

Traversing to Wyoming — and disaster!

From Three Forks, Montana, we traversed south with the USGS mobile ground magnetometer to the Wind River Range, west of Lander, Wyoming. While there, we stayed in Atlantic City, Wyoming, which was a large log boarding house run by Aunt … Continue reading

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Through Washington state and eastward

After traversing through the desolate lava fields of Washington State, we continued past the great silver mines of the Coeur d’Alene district of Idaho to Helena, Montana.  The Coeur d-Alene valley cut through steep, mountainous ridges, a challenge for the … Continue reading

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Traversing the west

By the spring of 1959 I had finished all my Master’s Degree classwork, so under Gordon Bath’s direction I ran ‘my’ USGS mobile ground magnetometer over much of western United States. In southeast California we traversed the length of Death … Continue reading

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Menlo Park and San Francisco

Rebuilding the mobile ground magnetometer at the USGS offices in Menlo Park, California, gave me the chance to enjoy time in San Francisco. Cable cars and historic houses create a wonderful ambiance in San Francisco that thrills locals and visitors … Continue reading

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Tearing up the road collecting data

The ‘mobile ground magnetometer’, although a simple adaptation, was a magnetic profiling breakthrough.  Never before had the USGS been able to record tens, even hundreds of miles of magnetic field data at ground level in a day. We traversed highways, … Continue reading

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Project Man High II Balloon Launch Pictures

The Project Man High II balloon launch took place August 19, 1957, from the Portsmouth open pit iron mine near Crosby, Minnesota. It was the second of three manned balloon flights in the project and was the most successful of … Continue reading

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Ed St. Marie, Mallet steam locomotive mechanic

To build the USGS magnetometer trailer we worked with Ed St. Marie, a retired locomotive mechanic who had a woodworking shop in his garage. Ed lived in Proctor, Minnesota, a suburb of Duluth. In the years when Minnesota was the … Continue reading

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JFK

During my trip to Washington, DC, when I picked up the magnetometer, I had a bowl of bean soup in the Senate Dining Room with Duane Lund, a friend from my home town.  Duane worked for Minnesota Senator Ed Thye … Continue reading

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A plum research project with USGS

In the late spring of my last undergraduate year, my adviser, Professor Hal Mooney, introduced me to Gordon Bath, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey. Gordon was promoting a project to measure the earth’s magnetic field using a truck … Continue reading

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