Afghanistan’s Blob Hunters: UM Researchers Find Blob of Continental Lithosphere

men working on a makeshift platform in front of a populated valley

In 2015, Bendick, using a small amount of the prize money Molnar got when he won the Crafoord Prize, sent her then master’s student, field geologist Dylan Schmeelk, to Afghanistan to train Kakar and his team on how to set up field GPS stations. Bendick and Molnar, as part of their mission to unravel the mystery of the Hindu Kush quakes, needed data on how the crust in that part of the world is moving around.