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Seven Paper Models that Describe Faulting in the Earth
In this activity, students create paper models to represent simple faults and illustrate some of the landforms associated with faulting of the Earth's crust. To make the models more realistic, some of the fault scarps are cut by gullies and are eroded in ways indicative of an arid landscape. All of the paper models show displacement on the fault by the use of arrows and by the offset of a marker bed or a stream. Patterns for constructing the models and instructions for assembly are provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-640
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Geology of the National Parks

Contact: Phil Stoffer
Western Earth Surface Processes Team
United States Geological Survey (USGS)