Visualizations Related to Geophysics

The following pages were developed as a part of the Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations workshop and website. Each page presents quality visualizations on a particular topic in the geosciences. You can browse through the whole collection of visualization pages on the Teaching with Visualizations website.

  • Earthquakes (in Hazards) - animations showing seismograph operation, tsunami, P and S Waves, earthquake focus versus epicenter, and actual footage of an earthquake.
  • March 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (in Hazards) - images, videos, animations, media stories, and teaching materials related to the magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunami on 11 March 2011.
  • Seismic Shear Wave Propagation Animations - These animations, developed by Saadia Baqer and Michael Wysession of Washington University, St Louis, show the way that seismic shear waves propagate through the mantle of the earth from an earthquake.
  • February 2010 Chile Earthquake (in Hazards) - images, animations, media stories, and teaching materials related to the 5th strongest earthquake on record.
  • Isostasy and Gravity - animations, interactive graphics, and static images used to illustrate the concept of isostasy and to show how measurement of gravity over mountain ranges provides evidence that mountains have deep roots.
  • January 2010 Haiti Earthquake (in Hazards) - visualizations, maps, and GIS resources related to the earthquake that struck near the Haitian capital of Port au Prince on January 12, 2010.
  • Plate Tectonic Movements - visualizations and supporting material that can be used effectively to teach students about plate tectonic movements.