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What Is an Earthquake?: How Tectonic Forces Affect Faults
The orientation and sense of slip of faults in an area is largely dependent upon the tectonic forces present in that area. In this exercise learners are shown several idealized fault-block models and asked to interpret the sense of movement along certain fault planes within a given tectonic environment. Clicking on the images provides the correct answers.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright, Southern California Earthquake Center.
DLESE Catalog ID: EARTHQUAKE-000-000-010-015
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: John Marquis
Southern California Earthquake Center