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Seismic Eruption Teaching Modules
This site presents educational modules for teaching about earthquakes, volcano eruptions and related plate tectonic concepts using an interactive computer program for mapping called Seismic/Eruption (also called SeisVolE). The program includes up-to-date earthquake and volcanic eruption catalogs and allows the user to display earthquake and volcanic eruption activity in "speeded up real time" on global, regional or local maps that also show the topography of the area in a shaded relief map image. SeisVolE is an interactive program that includes a number of tools that allow the user to analyze earthquake and volcanic eruption data and produce effective displays to illustrate seismicity and volcano patterns. The program can be used to sort data and provide results for statistical analysis, to generate detailed earthquake and volcano activity maps of specific areas or for specific purposes, to investigate earthquake sequences such as foreshocks and aftershocks, and to produce cross section or 3-D perspective views of earthquake locations. The Seismic/Eruption program can be a powerful and effective tool for teaching about plate tectonics and geologic hazards using earthquake and volcano locations, and for learning (or practicing) fundamental science skills such as statistical analysis, graphing, and map skills. The teaching modules describe and illustrate how to use the Seismic/Eruption program effectively in demonstrations, classroom presentations and interactive presentations, and independent study/research. Because the program has many useful options and can be used to examine earthquake activity and volcanic eruption data, the modules provide instructions and examples of quantitative analysis, graphing of results, creating useful maps and cross section diagrams, and performing in-depth exploration and research. The examples are intended to illustrate the features and capabilities of the program and stimulate interest in using the program for discovery learning in Earth science, especially earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Informal
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
    • Module / Unit
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geophysics
  • Mathematics
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
Microsoft Windows operating system
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001. L. Braile and S. Braile. Permission granted for reproduction for non-commercial purposes.
DLESE Catalog ID: EARTHQUAKE-000-000-011-700
Related resources:
This resource requires 'Seismic/Eruption and Seismic Waves Computer Programs'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Lawrence Braile
Purdue University