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Lara Wagner is the first seismologist to use broadband seismometers in the Appalachian Mountains to explore the structure of the lithosphere. Her findings show that the crust underneath the Appalachians is thick, and indicate the mountains are not eroding nearly as fast as scientists have thought.
Mount Airy, model for the town in Andy Griffith’s classic comedies, may also be known as site for the largest open faced granite quarry in the world. Locally, Mount Airy’s North Carolina Granite Corp.’s immense supply has been used in its high school’s façade. State projects include the Wright Brothers Memorial. On a national scale, it has been used in projects such as the Arlington Memorial Bridge.