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Frequency of Large Earthquakes -- Introducing Some Elementary Statistical Descriptors
Len Vacher, Dept of Geology, University of South Florida
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.

Investigating Earthquakes with ArcVoyager GIS
Carla McAuliffe; David Smith, GLOBE; Joseph Kerski
DATA: Recent and Historical Earthquake Data TOOL: ArcVoyager Special Edition GIS - Explore earthquake data and import them into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Analyze the data to predict where the next big earthquake will occur.

ConcepTest: Earthquake Hazards
If you lived in a city located 20 km from the epicenter of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, which of the following would you be most likely to experience? a) ground shaking b) landslides c) fault rupture d) tsunami e) ...

Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
This assignment is based on real geodetic data measured in central California across the San Andreas Fault. It will get the students acquainted with geodetic observations, basic data analysis methods, and ...

Where was that earthquake?
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Occurrence #2
Which of the locations on the world map below is most likely to experience a deep focus earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Occurrence #1
Which of the locations on the world map below is most likely to experience a magnitude 6 or greater earthquake? a. b. c. d.

ConcepTest: Global Earthquake Distribution
Which of the maps below is the best representation of the distribution of earthquakes of magnitude 7 or larger? a. b. c. d.

Historical Earthquakes and Uplift/Subsidence of Sumatra from Coral Growth Rings -- Advanced Version
Elisabeth Nadin, University of Alaska Fairbanks
In this lab, students will use data from real corals collected in Sumatra to track the sea-level and earthquake record of the region over the past century.

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ConcepTest: Earthquakes and Plate Boundaries
Use the map of plate boundaries below to predict which land mass experiences the fewest earthquakes per year. a) India b) Australia c) South America d) Asia

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