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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Dec. 19, 2008

Kansas Geological Survey Geophysicist Receives Award

LAWRENCE--Jianghai Xia, a senior scientist at the Kansas Geological Survey based at the University of Kansas, has been recognized by a renowned international organization of geophysicists for his extensive research accomplishments and published works.

Xia was presented the Harold Mooney Award in November at the annual meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in Las Vegas.

Geophysics is the study of the physical properties of the earth, including its electrical, gravitational, magnetic, radioactive, and seismic characteristics.

Xia's research focuses on near-surface seismology, in which noninvasive techniques are used to produce, measure, and analyze seismic (sound) waves that travel through the upper several hundred feet of the earth. Near-surface geophysics research has many practical applications related to geology, groundwater, energy resources, natural resources, mining, environmental hazards, engineering and archeology.

Xia has been at the Kansas Geological Survey since 1986 and has co-authored more than 60 articles. He is also currently associate editor of the journal "Near Surface Geophysics" and guest editor of "Journal of China University of Geosciences."

Xia is the second Survey scientist to win the Mooney Award. Survey geophysicist Rick Miller was given the award in 1995.

SEG is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of applied geophysicists. Founded in 1930, it has more than 30,000 members in 129 countries. The Harold Mooney award is presented by SEG's Near-Surface Geophysics Section.

Story by Cathy Evans, (785) 864-2195.
For more information, contact Rick Miller, (785) 864-2091.

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