Slip Rates on young faults

Audrey Huerta, Central Washington University

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Initial Publication Date: June 1, 2012 | Reviewed: November 2, 2013


Students use measured ages and offset of quaternary surfaces to determine vertical slip rates of a young fault. Students then must determine if vertical slip rates have varied significantly through time.

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undergraduate required course

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

understand what a fault is, what fault offset is, understand uncertainty and propagation of error.

How the activity is situated in the course

stand-alone exercise


Content/concepts goals for this activity

understand slip rates, and how data is used to estimate slip rates.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

understand uncertainty and inclusion of uncertainty in evaluating data

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Description and Teaching Materials

Complete assignment with background, data, instructions, and questions to be answered

Student Handout for "Slip Rates of Young Faults (Acrobat (PDF) 2.6MB Apr30 12)
solution plot for "Slip Rates of Young Faults" (Illustrator 100kB Apr30 12)

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