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Smokies, Mammoth Cave part of MTSU science study

Visitors crawling on a Wild Cave tour inside Mammoth Cave.
Visitors crawling on a Wild Cave tour inside Mammoth Cave.
Credit National Park Service

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Ten college students from across the country are taking part in a Middle Tennessee State University environmental research project.

The event runs from through July 26 and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The school says the students will search for ancient inactive seismic faults, investigate water and air quality and explore the ecology of rare cedar glade habitats. The intensified research project involves the disciplines of Earth science, chemistry and biology.

Field trips will take them to Mammoth Cave and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The NSF grant of $368,000 also will enable MTSU to host similar studies in 2014 and 2015.