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Since large fault ruptures require the build-up of a great deal of stress, many years pass between repeated surface ruptures on a single fault. The average time between such ruptures, known as the recurrence interval of that fault, is a useful measurement for assessing both the slip rate of the fault and the risk the fault presents. This activity contains three exercises. In the first, students study ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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In this activity, students observe what happens to filled land when an earthquake shakes it up. They will fill a pan with sand, add water and place a brick in it to simulate a building, then tap the pan with a mallet and see what happens. A materials list, instructions, and background information are included. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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In this earthquake safety classroom activity, students work in teams to build seismic safe structures. Students will try building their own structure to see if they can discover some of the features that minimize the effects on a building when the Earth shakes. Each team will build and test three structures following the instructions. After all teams finish, the class discusses features of seismic ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards, Technology
 
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on how earthquake-proof buildings are designed. Students build a tester, then model buildings to test and see what factors make a building more earthquake-proof than others. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards, Technology
 
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 9-12. Preparing for future earthquakes by studying past earthquakes is a main concept covered in this lesson, as well as the physical processes that occur during an earthquake. It includes objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, performing extensions, suggested readings, and vocabulary. ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan, Module / Unit
Subject: Geology, Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This exercise is designed to explore the nature of floods and flood prediction. Prediction of flooding relies heavily upon statistical techniques based on historical records of stream behavior. This series of exercises first reviews basic concepts in flood prediction such as calculating the Recurrence Interval (RI), which is the average interval in years between occurrences of two discharges of equal ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Problem set
Subject: Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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Landslides and mass movements involve the downslope movement of rock and/or soil and other surficial materials under the influence of gravity. This exercise has three sections, each involving a particular instance or principle of rapid slope failure. Each section is self-contained and includes questions or exercises. The first two are case studies, and the third is a theoretical exercise that is entitled ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Lab activity, Illustration - scientific
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This is the home page of the Northern California Earthquake Data Center (NCEDC) which is a joint project of the University of California Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and the U. S. Geological Survey at Menlo Park. The NCEDC is an archive for seismological and geodetic data for Northern and Central California. Accessible through this page are news items, recent earthquake information, links to ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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The maps and lists on this page show events which have been located by the USGS and contributing agencies within the last 30 days. They should not be considered to be complete lists of all events in the US and adjacent areas and especially should not be considered to be complete lists of all events M4.5+ in the world. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Informal
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This is the homepage of avalanche.org, a network designed for the professional avalanche community, that also features a wealth of information for anyone interested in avalanches and wintertime mountain weather. Materials include accident reports and statistics, a guide to avalanche observation and terminology, and links to online tutorials and training information for professionals. There are also ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Non-profit portal, In-situ dataset
Subject: Cryology, Natural hazards
 
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