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Earthquakes and Plate Boundaries
This activity uses the free software 'Seismic Eruption' to visualize seismicity and volcanic activity in space and time and to explore the relationship of earthquakes and volcanic activiy to plate tectonics. Students run simulations on the Pacific coasts of South America and California and the mid-oceanic ridge in the Atlantic Ocean, answer questions, and construct a cross-section. A link to download the software is provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
Lesson requires Microsoft Word
Simulations require Seismic/Eruption software (Windows-based)
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005, Drew Patrick
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-019
Related resources:
This resource requires 'Seismic/Eruption'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Drew Patrick
Science Department
Fox Lane High School

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation