This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
Resources in this top level collection a) must have scored Exemplary or Very Good in all five review categories, and must also rate as “Exemplary” in at least three of the five categories. The five categories included in the peer review process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
For more information about the peer review process itself, please see https://serc.carleton.edu/teachearth/activity_review.html.
This activity has benefited from input from faculty educators beyond the author through a review and suggestion process. This review took place as a part of a faculty professional development workshop where groups of faculty reviewed each others' activities and offered feedback and ideas for improvements. To learn more about the process On the Cutting Edge uses for activity review, see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.
This page first made public: Jul 5, 2007
This material was originally developed as part of the Carleton College Teaching Activity Collection
through its collaboration with the SERC Pedagogic Service.
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Description of the activity/assignment
- interpret seismograms from the Izmit earthquake in 1999 (while accessing some seismograph station information from IRIS)
- make and interpret an earthquake focal mechanism solution based on these seismograms
- locate the earthquake epicenter
- calculate the moment magnitude of the earthquake using published data showing epicenter locations and displacement measurements
- intepret historical data from the North Anatolian fault and tectonic-scale plate motion information to see what patterns occur in the regional seismicity.
Determining whether students have met the goalsMore information about assessment tools and techniques.
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 8.7MB Nov7 07)
- [file 'Instructors Notes']
- Solution Set for this activity is available by emailing the author.
The USGS has some nice summary information on the Izmit earthquake here.
Excellent images (with high enough resolution to be useful in powerpoint slides) can be found from the National Geophysical Data Center slide set.
Air photos of earthquake damage can be found from Bogazici University.