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Seismic Wave Demonstrations and Animations
This tutorial provides information on the four types of wave motion seen in earthquakes (S, P, Love, and Rayleigh waves). A table accompanied by text describes their particle motion, typical veolcity, and other characteristics. The four animations show a rectangular block of material with outlined with grid lines and a filled-in grid square to highlight the particle motion and direction of propagation. Links to additional information and animations are also included. The tutorial is also available as a Powerpoint presentation and a Microsoft Word document.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004-5. L. Braile. Permission granted for reproduction and use of files and animations for non-commercial uses.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-835
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Purdue University
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Contact: Prof Larry Braile
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue University