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This site contains information about the general model geologists have developed to explain how most mountain ranges form. This model suggests that mountain building involves three stages, which are accumulation of sediments, an orogenic period of rock deformation and crustal uplift, and a period of crustal uplift caused by isostatic rebound and block-faulting. The later two stages of this model involve ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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This glossary of earthquake terms features illustrations which accompany the definitions, where possible, to provide examples and additional reinforcement. Links to related terms are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Glossary
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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This table presents the modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI), a measure of earthquake intensity based on shaking severity and observed effects of earthquakes. It includes MMI value, a description of shaking severity, and a summary and full description of damage effects. Each MMI value is accompanied by an illustration showing its expected effects. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - artistic, Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This collection of video clips from the Caltech Woodframe Project shows what happens to a wood-frame house when it is shaken in the laboratory under conditions resembling those of an earthquake. There are both interior and exterior views, and also tests with furnishings in the house. The videos are available in two formats. There are also links to a description of the project, objectives of the testing, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This isoseismal map shows shows regions of different intensities according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale. These zones were defined using the felt reports from the Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake of February 1925, which occurred in central Quebec, Canada. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Map
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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This isoseismal map shows the distribution of Modified Mercalli values compiled from questionnaires distributed after the largest shock of the January 1988 Tennant Creek earthquake, which occurred in Northern Territory, Australia. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Map
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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In this exercise, students will study the three types of faults, investigate the association between faults and earthquakes, and examine the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics. There is a set of animations that illustrate the types of seismic waves, an exercise in which students determine the location of an earthquake epicenter using arrival times of P and S waves, and an exercise ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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In this activity, students gather data and compare the shaking intensities of the 1906 San Francsico and 1989 Loma Prieta earthquakes. They compare shaking intensity maps from the two earthquakes using the Modified Mercalli Shake Intensity, examine the lengths of fault ruptures, and examine seismograph traces from each earthquake. Links to additional information and to lesson plans that use these ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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This educational module has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to interactively investigate the nature of earthquakes. The module has been divided into three major sections, "What is an Earthquake?", "The Distribution of Earthquakes", and "Measuring Earthquakes". Each section presents background material and interactive learning activities allowing students to understand such characteristics ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Tutorial, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This resource explores earthquakes and seismic hazards, using the San Francisco area as an example. Materials include histories of San Francisco's earthquakes, including the 1906 'Great Earthquake' and the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. A section on quake basics addresses the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics, fault movements, seismic waves, and how earthquakes are measured. For educators, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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