|Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis|
This activity describes the technique of preparing "GIS-ready" data and shows how to map that data and conduct basic analyses using a geographic information system (GIS). First, you will download and format near real-time and historical earthquake data from the USGS. Using latitude and longitude fields, you will then plot these data in a GIS. Next, you will analyze patterns by querying records and overlaying datasets. Finally, you will examine earthquake distributions, monitor current earthquake activity, and try to predict where the next big earthquake will occur on Earth.
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-EET-000-000-000-013
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Author: Carla McAuliffe
TERC - Center for Earth and Space Science Education