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Concept puzzles about geophysical methods part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Sarah Titus, Carleton College
These exercises can be used in class to insure students have a firm grasp on the concepts behind a variety of geophysical techniques and can take anywhere between 10-45 minutes.

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What is Magnitude? Earthquake Magnitude By Analogy part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Scott White, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Understanding magnitude scales by analogy to distance. Students use distance as a proxy for understanding how the logarithmic earthquake magnitude scale works. Very simple class or lab exercise for introductory ...

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SeisMac Seismogram Modeling part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Michael Wysession, Washington University in St. Louis
Use the freely-downloaded "SeisMac" program on a Mac laptop to demonstrated the differences between P, S, Rayleigh and Love waves. SeisMac is a free program that instantly turns a Mac laptop into a ...

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Earth Motion Monitor part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Charles Ammon, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
An activity based around the display near real-time seismograms in the classroom.

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Animated Ray Paths in MS Powerpoint part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Jeffrey Nunn, Louisiana State University
A series of MS PowerPoint slides that illustrate ray paths for reflection and refraction. They can be used in lecture and/or laboratory assignments or posted on a web page for students to review on their own time. ...

Resistivity Profile in an Urban Setting part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
William Montgomery, New Jersey City University
Activity in an urban setting that includes an electrical resistivity line and hydrogeological information from nearby monitoring wells that enables students to create a meaningful interpretation of subsurface ...

Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
This assignment is based on real geodetic data measured in central California across the San Andreas Fault. It will get the students acquainted with geodetic observations, basic data analysis methods, and ...

Find the UST with GPR part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
William Montgomery, New Jersey City University
Field-based activity that uses GPR to find an underground storage tank (UST). Optionally, data provided with the activity enables lab or class use as well. Activity can be enhanced with use of GPS unit that takes ...

Using physical observations to guess the interior of a globe part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Devin Castendyk, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity introduces students to the need for geophysics and the application of several geophysical methods commonly employed. Students are given a hollow globe that contains various objects and asked to infer ...

Driving forces of plate tectonics and the importance of inertia part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Donald Forsyth, Brown University
Simple in class calculations showing that inertia or momentum is completely unimportant in considering the driving forces of plate tectonics

Ground-penetrating and Space-born Radar part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Susan Sakimoto, University of Notre Dame
This is a introductory lecture on ground-penetrating radar and space-born radar, a classroom data classifying activity, and descriptions of field and extended activities.

Earthquake Magnitude - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
An activity that helps students link earthquake magnitude and intensity.

Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and Waves/Digital Recording part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
George Jiracek, San Diego State University
Sampling (digitizing) of geophysical data is explained using animations by multiplications in the time or space domains by Dirac combs and boxcar functions. Pitfalls in this process can render digital data totally ...

Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and Waves (DAGSAW)/Filtering part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
George Jiracek, San Diego State University
Filtering is one of the most important steps in geophysical data recording and processing since it is present in all geophysical analysis. Filtering is explained in the Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and ...

Exploring Earthquake Hazards with GIS part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Constantin Cranganu, CUNY Brooklyn College
This activity is a straightforward application of GIS to assessment of earthquake hazards. The students get more modeling skills with GIS and a better understanding of earthquake hazards.

The Woodlark Basin as a Natural Laboratory for the Study of the Geological Sciences part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama, The
This activity is designed to show introductory physical geology students how geoscientists use many different types of data to solve a geological problem. In this exercise the students integrate basic geological ...

Determining Mantle Temperature and Composition from Discontinuities part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Anna Courtier, James Madison University
This pair of activities uses observations of mantle discontinuity structure to examine mantle heterogeneity and differences in the depth extent of melt sources for ridges and "hotspots." The first ...

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Finding the Moho under Milwaukee part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
A seismogram was recorded at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by Keith Sverdrup during the explosive demolition of a section of the nearby Hoan Bridge on December 28, 2000. The explosive demolition and ...

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Scientific debate: Mantle plumes part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Brennan Jordan, University of South Dakota
A structured format for a debate of the mantle plume hypothesis and alternative hypotheses with supporting materials.

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How do Faults Slip: Earthquakes versus Episodic Tremor and Slip part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Mike Brudzinski, Miami University-Oxford
A comparison of earthquakes and episodic tremor and slip using GPS and seismic data to illustrate how faults slip.

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