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Hydrocarbon Exploration part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
elhamy Tarabees, Damanhour University
To detect the hydrocarbon reservoir, structure traps should be detected. Seismic reflection profiles can be used to illustrate the structure image for the subsurface layers and hence, find out structure traps for ...

Teaching Geoscience with Video Snips part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Videos:Activities
Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Video snips are short video segments of live footage of geologic processes (settling sand, cleaving minerals, or landslides) used to engage students, foster discussion, and stimulate higher order thinking skills. ...

Learning About Marine Sediments Using Real Data part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Introductory Courses:Activities
Kristen St. John, James Madison University
This exercise set explores marine sediments using real core photos and composition data from the scientific ocean drilling programs DSDP, ODP, and IODP in an inquiry-based approach.

ConcepTest: Find the Epicenter part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
An earthquake occurred on the Erie Fault 5 km below Ashtabula. Damage from the earthquake was greatest in nearby Chardon. The furthest report of shaking was recorded in Akron. Where was the earthquake's ...

ConcepTest: Intensity and Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching: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:Enhance Your Teaching: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: 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: 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: Mercalli Intensity part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
In 1872, 25 people were killed in Lone Pine when their adobe homes collapsed during an earthquake. What was the Mercalli Intensity of the earthquake? a. I - III b. IV—VI c. VII—X d. XI—XII

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: Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching: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: 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: 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: Divergent Boundary Sketch 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 divergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between two oceanic ...

ConcepTest: Earthquake Location and Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching: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:Enhance Your Teaching: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: 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: 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: S Wave Amplitude part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching: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: 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.