Survival Test for Geophysics Center

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Science  18 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5422, pp. 1911-1912
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5422.1911

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BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN-- In the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a research station that monitors earthquakes and nuclear tests--and serves as a base for Western geophysicists to study the tectonic forces shaping the region--faces an uncertain future. The Kyrgyz Broadband Seismic Network is currently operating with stopgap funds from the U.S. State Department, which run out on 1 July. In addition, the U.S. government last year helped set up an International Geodynamics Research Center, based at a Russian field station here; initial funding for the center is also drying up. Now, geophysicists are waiting to hear whether the U.S. National Science Foundation or other agencies will ante up funds to help keep the center afloat.