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ConcepTest: Seismic Waves #3 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: Global Earthquake Occurrence #2 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 deep focus earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Occurrence #3 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the locations on the world map below is least likely to experience an earthquake? a. South coast of Australia b. Hawaiian Island chain c. West coast of South America d. Mid-Atlantic oceanic ridge

ConcepTest: Divergent Boundary part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (dashed line) and the distribution of earthquake foci (filled circles). The color of the filled circle indicates the depth of the earthquake focus. Given the ...

ConcepTest: EQ and Convergent Boundary Sketch2 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a convergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between an oceanic plate ...

ConcepTest: Convergent Boundary part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (dashed line) and the distribution of earthquake foci (filled circles). The color of the filled circle indicates the depth of the earthquake focus. Given the ...

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 ...

ConcepTest: Foreshock part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
A seismograph records four earthquakes of magnitude 3.7, 3.2, 6.5 and 4.3 and then seismicity decreases. Which earthquake(s) represent (a) foreshock(s)? a. 3.7 and 3.2 b. 3.2 only c. 3.7 only d. 3.7 and 6.5

ConcepTest: EQ Recurrence Interval part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Plate A moves 3 cm/yr past plate B. A typical earthquake along the plate boundary has 6 meters of slip. What is the recurrence interval of the earthquake? a. 0.2 years b. 2 years c. 200 years d. 2000 years

ConcepTest: Shock Sequences part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
A seismograph records four earthquakes of magnitude 3.7, 3.2, 6.5 and 4.3 and then seismicity decreases. Which is a likely foreshock /aftershock sequence? a. 3.7, 3.2/6.5 b. 3.2, 6.5/4.3 c. 3.2, 3.7/4.3 d. 6.5/4.3

ConcepTest: Changing Magnetic Inclination part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The location of the magnetic North Pole migrated slowly northward over the last century. Assuming that you live in North America, how did magnetic inclination readings of your city change between 1904 and 2004? a. ...

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 #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: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #2 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. At which of the locations would we be most likely to find the epicenters for deep (e.g. 300 km) earthquakes? a. A b. B c. C d. ...

ConcepTest: Location of Shallow Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Location of Largest Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Location of Most Frequent Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...