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23 Labs in Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics

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Stressful Situations
Using common sandwich components, students work hands on to come up with their own personal ways of demonstrating faults types, stress, mountain formation, etc. Can also be modified for erosion, glacial activity, demonstration of original horizontally.


Seismic Activity
Shoe boxes are filled with various materials which simulate Earth's surfaces. Dropping rocks on the boxes triggers a 'wave' that can be recorded by sliding paper up against a marker that is attached to the box.


Earthquakes And Plate Boundaries
The following lab activity requires the use of the Seismic Eruption software installed on the network.


Plate Tectonic Internet Activity
Go to an internet site and answer questions based on it.


Planet Earth In Cross Section
Devise a model of the layers of the Earth to scale.


Tsunami Labs
In this lab you'll study seismograms from 3 different seismic stations recording the magnitude 9.0 Sumatra earthquake of 12/26/2004. By comparing the arrival times of waves on each seismogram, you'll be able to determine distance to the epicenter.


Analysis Of A NYS Earthquake
Students will analyze a New York State earthquake that happened April 20th, 2002.


Earthquake Patterns Lab
Students will investigate worldwide patterns of earthquakes and determine the relationship of these patterns to types of plate boundaries.


Earthquakes And Plate Boundaries
The following lab activity requires the use of the Seismic Eruption software.


Finding Epicenters
Using earthquake data, regional maps, and a drawing compass, the student will triangulate the positions of three different earthquakes and then plot their locations on a world map.



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