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Earthquake Compare and Contrast Paper

Sarah "Sally" Zellers,
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Students will write a research paper comparing the Sumatran (2004) and Tohoku (2011) tsunami generating earthquakes.



I have used a similar exercise in a class on earthquakes and volcanoes, but it could easily be used in a marine geology or oceanography class.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should have an understanding of fault types, tsunami and plate tectonics.

How the activity is situated in the course

This would be a stand alone exercise.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Other skills goals for this activity

Description and Teaching Materials

I would assign this at the beginning of the semester. I would ask students to provide a general outline as well as show me their sources well before the paper deadline.

Earthquake Paper (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 19kB May30 13)

Teaching Notes and Tips


Rubric is included in attached file

References and Resources

Students should be introduced to the concept of focal mechanisms before paper is assigned. The USGS has a good site that explains how these are read:

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