Borovoye Geophysical Observatory, Kazakhstan

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Abstract

This is a story of surprises—of a geophysical observatory and a community of scientists who until about a year ago were unknown to scientists in the West, who now have new opportunities for collaboration with expert seismologists in Russia and Kazakhstan.

The story began for us in the spring of 1990 at the annual workshop of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Seismologists from the Soviet Union attended and told us that they had permission to describe a geophysical observatory at Borovoye, near Kokchetav in Northern Kazakhstan, which had operated digital seismometers since 1966. They said there was a large tape archive and that much of the data were of excellent quality and would probably be made available on request—even the data for nuclear explosions.

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