"Physics Girl" Features Shannon & Wilson's Mobile Mudspring Work

In her latest video, "Physics Girl" Dianna Cowern explores the mystery of the world's only mobile mud spring.

The episode features Shannon & Wilson's Carolina Zamora, who helps explain the science and history behind this anomaly. It also explores Shannon & Wilson's role in protecting critical infrastructure. 

Union Pacific Rail Road (UPRR) retained Shannon and Wilson in May 2018 to evaluate the mobile mud spring (about 80 feet from the tracks) and develop options to mitigate the threat. Our geotechnical services included geophysical surveys, subsurface explorations, relief wells, and construction of a sheet pile wall. Our efforts focused on maintaining railroad operations while attempting to understand and affect the mud spring movement.

The unique mobile mud spring has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, and ASCE Civil Engineering magazine.  The mechanisms driving the mobile mud spring are currently being studied by NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and several universities.

View the episode here to learn more about this unusual geologic occurrence and find out how Shannon & Wilson helped protect the UPRR rail lines. 

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