VALE -- Right in the middle of a Vale park, there are dozens of tents set up, inhabited by Boise State students studying geothermal activity.

For two weeks, about 50 students from BSU, the Colorado School of Mines, and Imperial School of London, are tracking seismic activity around Bully Creek Reservoir.

The idea is to learn how to tap the natural resource and renewable energy source to someday supply power to Vale and other areas like it.

A Boise geothermal company has been around Malheur County for five years and in just over a year, it will begin producing energy from the steam generated below the surface of the land.

The students are working alongside the operation to learn more about the process, in what has become a working classroom.

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