Exploring Earthquake Hazards with GIS
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This page first made public: Jul 20, 2007
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Familiarity with ArcGIS software is desirable, but not necessary.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Students will be able, using GIS, to locate the largest and most destructive earth-quakes
- Students will be able, using GIS, to compare the locations of large earthquakes with the locations of deadly earthquakes
- Students will be able to investigate changes in the distribution of deadly earthquakes over time.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Exploring earthquake and tsunami hazards is a complex activity, including, among others,
- examining earthquake data to locate the largest and most destructive earthquakes;
- investigating deadly earthquakes patterns through history;
- discovering which factors contribute most to an earthquake's destructive potential;
- exploring the relationship between population, national wealth, and seismic risk.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 224kB Jul20 07)
- Instructors Notes (Acrobat (PDF) 42kB Jul20 07)
- Solution Set (Acrobat (PDF) 231kB Jul20 07)
- Data file ZIP format ( 5.8MB Jul20 07)