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Global GIS Lesson: Exploring North American Earthquakes
In this module, students use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) together with the tools and data from the North America Global GIS CD to investigate earthquakes, volcanoes, and population on local and global scales. As an example, in the first earthquakes lesson, students are given a scenario where they must report on the distribution and frequency of earthquakes in North America related to cities, political boundaries, volcanoes, and fault lines. They analyze current earthquakes from the Internet, and assess the hazards from a continental to a local scale. The lessons can be used with other data in the Global GIS project to investigate earthquakes in other continents. Furthermore, the methods used here can be applied to other map themes contained within the North America Global GIS CD.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Requires USGS Global Geographic Information System (GIS) database CD-ROM and ArcView version 3.1 or higher.
Cost / Copyright:
There is a cost
Copyright 2004 All rights reserved. American Geological Institute.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-071
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Geological Institute
http://www.agiweb.org/

Author: Joseph J. Kerski
United States Geologic Survey