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This activity uses geoinformatics to understand the world around us with an emphasis on earthquakes.

Mercalli Earthquake Activity
A jigsaw process that allows students to analyze first person descriptions of earthquakes and assess several earthquake features.

Introduction to Earthquake Seismology Methods
This lab introduces students of aspects of earthquake seismology methods. These include analysis of p-wave amplitude, location of an earthquake epicenter and determining the time of occurrence of an earthquake. ...

Subduction Zone Earthquakes
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend several characteristics of subduction zone earthquakes. -

The Epicenter of a Southwestern Earthquake
This activity guides students to use the measured difference in P and S wave velocities to locate the epicenter of a minor earthquake in the Southwestern United States. Click here to view the full activity on the ...

Walking Field Trip to the San Andreas Fault
Due to our University's unique location approximately one mile from the nearest trace of the San Andreas Fault, we are able to take students on a walking field trip to the San Andreas. On the trip we set the ...

Liquefaction Live! activity
In this activity, students are provided with equipment and instructions for creating a simulation of liquefaction. The activity is great for students because it first asks them to reflect of what they know about ...

A Kinesthetic Demonstration for Locating Earthquake Epicenters
A kinesthetic activity for students to understand the technique for locating the epicenter of an earthquake. It is performed indoors and outdoors in three lessons.

Student-centered Experiments on Earthquake Occurrence Using the Seismic/Eruption Program
Students select their own region of interest and interrogate the earthquake catalog to obtain quantitative data on the rate of occurrence of earthquakes of various magnitudes within their chosen region.

Earthquake Demonstration
This demonstration uses an "earthquake machine" constructed from bricks, sand paper, and a winch, to simulate the buildup of elastic strain energy prior to a seismic event and the release of that energy ...

The 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami
In this multi-part activity, students study seismograms from different seismic stations recording the Sumatra earthquake of December 26th, 2004 and then determine the epicenter of the quake and track the tsunami it ...

Locating and Measuring Earthquakes Using Real Seismic Data
The objective is to locate an earthquake and measure its Richter magnitude using real data recorded by seismographs.

Shaking Ground - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity
An in-class activity for connecting earthquake magnitude, shaking, and intensity.

Frequency of Large Earthquakes -- Introducing Some Elementary Statistical Descriptors
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students examine the number of large earthquakes (magnitude 7 and above) per year for 1970-1999 and 1940-1999. QL: descriptors of a frequency distribution.

Measuring earthquake and volcano activity from space
This tutorial is based on real InSAR observations acquired over the Andes from 1992 to 2005. It will get the student acquainted with InSAR observations and basic concepts of space geodesy.

Mapping Plate Tectonic Boundaries
This activity asks students to explore a National Geographic map showing Earth's plate tectonic boundaries. The exercise lets the students examine relationships between plate tectonic boundaries and geologic ...

Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes
This is a two-part homework exercise. In the first part, students use on-line courseware from California State University, Los Angeles to investigate seismograph records. In the second part, students complete a ...

Earthquake Magnitude - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity
An activity that helps students link earthquake magnitude and intensity.

Exploring Earthquake Hazards with GIS
This activity is a straightforward application of GIS to assessment of earthquake hazards. The students get more modeling skills with GIS and a better understanding of earthquake hazards.

Cause of the Mogul, Nevada, Earthquake Swarm, Spring 2008
Students examine data from fault- and magma- related earthquakes and determine distinguishing characteristics. They then apply these criteria to determine the cause of the Mogul earthquake sequence (that most of ...

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