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ConcepTest: EQ Occurrence in South America part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Earthquakes occur most frequently in South America at location ___. a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Occurrence #1 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the locations on the world map below is most likely to experience a magnitude 6 or greater earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Distribution part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below is the best representation of the distribution of earthquakes of magnitude 7 or larger? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Continental Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Predict which continent experiences the fewest earthquakes per year. a) Antarctica b) North America c) South America d) Asia

ConcepTest: Earthquakes and Plate Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Use the map of plate boundaries below to predict which land mass experiences the fewest earthquakes per year. a) India b) Australia c) South America d) Asia

ConcepTest: EQ Intensity and Distance part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Following a shallow earthquake, twenty residents located througout the affected region were surveyed to guage the level of destruction. Their observations were quantified using the Modified Mercalli scale. Which of ...

ConcepTest: Seismic Waves #1 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows a cut-away view of a section of Earth's crust containing a fault. Answer the question below assuming that an earthquake originated at the focus shown on the fault surface. ...

ConcepTest: EQ Distribution, North America part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below best represents the distribution of magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes in North America within a decade? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Distribution, South America part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the maps below best represents the distribution of magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes in South America within a decade? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: S Wave Arrival part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the seismogram below that shows a 26-minute long record of the seismic waves from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as it was received by a seismograph station in Germany, over 14,000 km away. Which letter ...

ConcepTest: P and S Waves part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the seismogram below that shows a 26-minute long record of the seismic waves from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as it was received by a seismograph station in Germany, over 14,000 km away. Approximately ...

ConcepTest: EQ Locations in North America part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the locations on the map of North America below is most likely to experience a magnitude 6 or greater earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQ Occurrence in North America part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Earthquakes occur most frequently in North America at location ___. a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: EQs at Divergent Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (red line) and the distribution of earthquake epicenters (filled black circles). The size of the filled circle indicates the earthquake magnitude. Given the ...

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #2 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which pair of sites is best described as located on or near a continental ...

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #4 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which site is located on an abyssal plain? a. D b. B c. C d. A

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #5 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which site is located nearest to a trench? a. D b. B c. C d. A

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #1 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Where is a passive continental margin located? a. A b. B

ConcepTest: Location of Deep Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Where will deep earthquakes occur most frequently in the plate tectonic setting shown below?

ConcepTest: Characteristics of the Ocean Floor part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
What is the relationship between age and the character of the ocean floor? Which statement is TRUE? a. Deeper regions of the ocean floor tend to be younger b. The Pacific is larger than the Atlantic because it ...