Rock arches can be monitored by their vibrations
Today’s Video of the Day from the National Science Foundation (NSF) describes a new method that is being used to assess the stability of natural rock arches and bridges.
A team at the University of Utah led by geologist Jeff Moore has been monitoring and modeling structures in the Arches National Park.
Each rock arch has its own distinct resonant frequency that is in constant motion. By studying these natural vibrations, the researchers can measure the condition of the structures, including the potential for collapse.
The research is supported by the National Science Foundation.
Video Credit: NSF