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ConcepTest: Location of Most Frequent Earthquakes
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...
ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #2
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. At which of the locations would we be most likely to find the epicenters for deep (e.g. 300 km) earthquakes? a. A b. B c. C d. ...
Whose Fault Is It Anyway?
This game has students simulate the propagation of P and S waves after an earthquake and to use the lag between these to determine where in the simulation the earthquake occurred. -
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Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Energy Released in an Earthquake
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Question A magnitude 8.5 earthquake (such as the 1964 Good Friday earthquake in Alaska) releases about 1x1018 joules of energy. The atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima released about 1.5x1013 joules of energy. How ...
ConcepTest: Western U.S. Volcanoes and Earthquakes #3
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Near which of the locations would we be most likely to find a strike-slip fault? a. A b. B c. C d. D e. E
Introduction to Moment Magnitude
John Jasbinsek, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
This activity reviews body-wave magnitude, and takes a closer look at its merits. Then moment magnitude is defined and contrasted with body-wave magnitude. The 2004 Parkfield earthquake is used to illustrate moment ...
Topics for Discussion with the Earthquake Demonstration
The USGS website on the Earthquake Model presents the following three hypotheses that can be explored with the demonstration: Hypothesis 1: Earthquakes are periodic (in other words, all of the same slip, and all ...
Liquefaction Live! activity
Maggie Zimmerman, Saint Paul College-A Community and Technical Col
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 ...
How to Set Up the Earthquake Demonstration
Materials needed for the earthquake demonstration are as follows: plywood (122 cm x 30 cm) 2 bricks ~30 cm of rubber surgical tubing (or bungee cord) fine to medium grit sand paper, ~96 cm x 10 cm ~80 cm of strong ...
Identifying Plate Tectonic Boundaries for a Virtual Ocean Basin
Steve Reynolds, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix
Students observe an ocean basin and two continental margins to identify possible plate boundaries and predict where earthquakes and volcanoes would occur. They also draw the boundaries in cross section.