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Plymouth Wave Lab
The Plymouth Wave Lab is a series of movies of waves on a string intended for middle school students. The reference material at the site explains the relationship between the behavior of the string in the six examples and the behavior of a tsunami. The December 26, 2004 tsunami that was generated from the M9.0 Sumatra earthquake has raised public awareness worldwide of the disastrous consequences of tsunami waves. Thus the Marine Seismology and Geoacoustics Group of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute offers, within the context of a middle school curriculum on waves, five lessons that can be learned from tsunamis.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
Both The Windows Media Player and Quicktime programs have been used to view these movies.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information Is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-510
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Editor: Information Systems Associate
Woods Hole Oceanographic Instituion (WHOI)
Marine Seismology and Geoacoustics Group

Contributor: Dr Ralph A. Stephen
Marine Seismology and Geoacoustics Group
Woods Hole Oceanographic Instituion (WHOI)