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ConcepTest: Changing Magnetic Inclination part of Cutting Edge: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 #1 part of Cutting Edge: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: Oceans by South America #6 part of Cutting Edge: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 sites are most likely to be located on oceanic crust? a. A, B, C, & ...

ConcepTest: Earthquake Location and Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Two active faults are present at different sites along the west coast of North America. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location X is 2 cm/year. The rate of plate motion adjacent to location Y is 5 cm/year. A ...

ConcepTest: S Wave Speed part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The city of Guildhall experienced two earthquakes within a 1-month interval. The first earthquake was magnitude 2; the second earthquake was magnitude 7. The S-waves from the magnitude 2 earthquake travel ...

ConcepTest: S Wave Amplitude part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The city of Guildhall experienced two earthquakes within a 1-month interval. The first earthquake was magnitude 2; the second earthquake was magnitude 7. Examination of a seismogram recorded 100 km away showed that ...

ConcepTest: P Wave Arrival part of Cutting Edge: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: S Wave Arrival part of Cutting Edge: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: Intensity and Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Three sites (L1, L2, L3) record earthquake intensity and earthquake magnitude for the same earthquake. L1 is located closest to the focus and L3 is farthest away. The intensity values are greatest at _____ and the ...

ConcepTest: Earthquake Hazards part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
If you lived in a city located 20 km from the epicenter of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, which of the following would you be most likely to experience? a) ground shaking b) landslides c) fault rupture d) tsunami e) ...

ConcepTest: Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
What determines the magnitude of an earthquake? a) The type of plate boundary where the earthquake occurs. b) The amount of energy released by the movement on a fault. c) The amount of damage that occurs as a ...

ConcepTest: Divergent Boundary Sketch part of Cutting Edge:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a divergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between two oceanic ...

ConcepTest: P and S Waves part of Cutting Edge: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 and Convergent Boundary Sketch part of Cutting Edge: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: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: EQs at Convergent Boundaries part of Cutting Edge: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: Divergent Boundary part of Cutting Edge: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: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: EQ Intensity and Distance part of Cutting Edge: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: EQs at Divergent Boundaries part of Cutting Edge: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 ...