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IRIS: Teachable Moments
The Education and Outreach groups of IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), the University of Portland, and UNAVCO are developing a set of 'Teachable Moments', Power Point and .pdf presentations which provide a short summary of major tectonic events that can be used by educators to incorporate discussions of earthquakes and volcanic events, and resulting hazards. The presentations, generated by seismologists, geodesists, and educators, are available within a few hours to one day after the earthquake. The presentations include a variety of content allowing educators to customize the information for their classes. Common elements include US Geological Survey earthquake and volcano information, GPS time series from the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) network, plate tectonic and regional tectonic maps and summaries, computer animations, seismograms, photos, and other event-specific information.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Structural geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Selected resources require Adobe Acrobat reader.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-428
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: IRIS - Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology