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Using Real World Data to Study Soil Foundation Structure Interaction
Thalia Anagnos, San Jose State University
Soil-Foundation-Structure-Interaction (SFSI) is an important consideration when studying the impact of earthquakes on structures. A video and an online module introduce students to some basics concepts of SFSI.

Mohr Circles
Dan Morgan, Vanderbilt University
This lab will give students practice plotting Mohr circles, interpreting experimental data for creating new fractures and pre-existing cracks, and how pore-pressure and earthquakes affect materials.

VEPP: "Doing Science" in General Education, University Earth Science Courses: Patterns of Seismicity at Plate Boundaries
David Moecher, University of Kentucky
This is an exercise that is in development and has not yet been fully tested in the classroom. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. General education courses for non-science majors at many ...

Geologic Structures Lab
John Leland, Glendale Community College
In class activity involving a thought exercise about rock rheology, discussion and drawing of simple brittle and ductile structures, and then reading an article about how the depth of the brittle-ductile transition ...

Teaching Geoscience Concepts with Google Earth
Julie Baldwin, University of Montana-Missoula, The
This is an activity that was developed for a teacher development program to introduce the various ways Google Earth could be used to explore geoscience concepts.

NanTroSEIZE in 3-D
Donald Reed, San Jose State University
We have developed a web-based virtual expedition, NanTroSEIZE in 3-D, based on a seismic survey associated with the NanTroSEIZE program of NSF-MARGINS and IODP to study the properties of the plate boundary fault ...

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HMK 1_Plate Boundaries: Present, future, & past
Brian Hampton, Michigan State University;
This project builds on in-class exercises and lectures by having students learn to identify modern, future, and past plate boundaries. Students will use trends in topography, distribution of earth quake and ...

Simple Spatial Analysis based on Raster Data Structure
Wei Luo, Northern Illinois University
Wei Luo, Northern Illinois University Summary This is a simple lab exercise early in the semester to teach student the limitation of raster data structure, simple buffer and overlay operation without using ...

Evaluating natural hazards data to assess the risk to your California home
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside
Students use a series of maps and natural hazard data to evaluate the risk to a building structure of their choice in the state of California. For each hazard, students rate the potential risk in two dimensions: (1) Probability - probability that a hazardous event "may" occur, and (2) Severity of Impact - the size of the impact in terms of cost and impact on human health.

Construction of Water Table Maps Using GIS
Bob Newton, Smith College
Bob Newton, Smith College Summary Students create a water table map and flow net using water level data from seepage lakes in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. They then are able to make hypotheses regarding the ...

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