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Why Do Earthquakes Happen?
This brief tutorial and activity will provide younger students with some idea how earthquakes occur. The text explains how strain builds up along a fault until the rock breaks, releasing energy in the form of seismic waves. This concept is reinforced by a simple experiment in which the students break a foam rubber block in half and then try to slide the broken halves past each other.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Tutorial
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information are unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-818
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Michigan Technological University
Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
http://www.geo.mtu.edu/

Contact: Dr Wayne Pennington
Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
Michigan Technological University