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What is Magnitude? Earthquake Magnitude By Analogy
Scott White, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Understanding magnitude scales by analogy to distance. Students use distance as a proxy for understanding how the logarithmic earthquake magnitude scale works. Very simple class or lab exercise for introductory ...

Case Study: Zhouqu, China Landslide
Robin Humphreys, College of Charleston
This is a 'citizen science' research project where students to apply their knowledge of landslide processes in an investigation of the natural and anthropogenic causes of a real-world landslide ...

2011 Tsunami Propagation
Julie Martin, Hartnell College
This activity uses data collected from DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis) stations in the Pacific following the 2011 tsunami generated off the coast of Japan. Students are required to map the ...

VEPP: A guided inquiry - Three months in the life of a volcano
Jennifer Thomson, Eastern Washington University
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. This guided inquiry will investigate the three month phase of ...

VEPP: Using volcano deformation data for lava flow hazard assessment and decision making, Part I: what do the instruments measure?
PRAJUKTI Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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. Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and ...

VEPP: Volcano Monitoring and Interpretation of Real-Time Data: A Project for Non-Science Majors
Michael Johnson, Monroe Community College
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. An ongoing project for small class size comprised of non-science ...

Unit 5: Hurricane Risks and Coastal Development
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College; Josh Galster, Montclair State University; Joan Ramage, Lehigh University
This unit addresses changes in hurricane risks due to coastal development. Students will calculate the risks from hurricanes and how the hazards have changed (or not) from 1901 to 2010. Students will determine how ...

Volcanoes Around the Globe
Mark Abolins, Middle Tennessee State University
Undergraduate non-majors use the Arcview geographic information system (GIS) to explore volcanic hazards and the geochemistry of volcanic rocks. Students explore geochemical data from the GEOROC global database and ...

Tsunami assignment
Klaus Neumann, Ball State University
Students read reports about potential sources for tsunamis on the US east coast and compare them with previously discussed dangers for the west cost.

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans
Tom Juster, University of South Florida
This is an activity that uses the spreadsheet program Excel to explore the origins of subsidence in New Orleans. There are two versions. The first is a traditional Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum (SSAC) module ...


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