Geological Engineering

The (not so) solid ground beneath my feet

The (not so) solid ground beneath my feet

Today, I’m going to step out of my role as an EE and briefly explore the world of geological engineering. I am, after all, working on a degree in geophysics, and throughout my education, I’ve been exposed to the applied side of geology and geophysics a few times. One of the reasons I find this field interesting is because I live in a city on stilts.  Fargo is built on top of sediments of glacial Lake Agassiz, a huge prehistoric lake that formed when glaciers melted after the last ice age.  The glaciers melted from south to north, leaving the path to Hudson Bay blocked by ice and the water without a place to go.  This meant that the lake sat there for thousands of years, giving it plenty of time to lay down a layer of silt well over 100 ft. thick.  The silt is clay that easily absorbs […]